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Pippi Longstocking Gift Edition [Paperback]

Astrid Lindgren , Lauren Child
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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2 Sep 2010
This beautiful edition of the children's classic Pippi Longstocking is illustrated throughout with wonderful collage pictures from the award-winning Lauren Child. The contemporary design, imaginative layout of the text, and stunning illustrations from Lauren Child all add up to a perfect gift purchase.

When the book published in hardback, it gathered many wonderful reviews, including this one from Books for Keeps: 'Lauren Child is the perfect choice to illustrate this handsome, large format edition of Pippi . . . her unmistakeable illustrative style helps to bring a modern feel to the book.'

Pippi lives in Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. The grown-ups in her village try to make Pippi behave in ways that they think a little girl should, but Pippi has other ideas. She would much rather spend her days arranging wild, exciting adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories. Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull's tail and her wildly unconventional lifestyle is matched by Lauren's free-spirited illustrations.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Gift ed edition (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019278241X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192782410
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lauren Child's . . . version of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking is sublime.' (Amanda Craig, The Times)

'[Lauren Child's] an inspired choice to hook a new generation of children on Sweden's greatest literary export.' (Susanna Forest, Telegraph Review)

'Some word and picture partnerships are akin to a marriage made in heaven. First there was EH Shepard and AA Milne, then Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl-now Lauren Child and Astrid Lindgren. If ever there was an illustrator born to understand the psyche and well-loved quirkiness of Pippi Longstocking and infuse it with a 21st-century edge, then Child is that artist.' (Junior)

'There's no stopping Lauren Child as she brings her own inimitable style to illustrate Pippi Longstocking . . . Everyone will love this.' (The Bookseller)

'Lauren Child . . . is the perfect choice to illustrate this handsome, large format edition of Pippi . . . her unmistakable illustrative style helps to bring a modern feel to the book and will enable another generation of readers to enjoy the exploits of this extraordinary little girl.' (Books for Keeps)

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A true children's classic has been given a modern makeover.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
What an inspired idea! The moment I saw the cover of this I had to have a copy - Lauren Child's illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to give this timeless classic a contemporary twist. Pippi is a `girl power' heroine, a strong self-assured funky little character with her sticking out red plaits and freckle, and an honest independence of spirit and a resourcefulness you can but admire. Instead of parents, she lives with her monkey, a horse and a stash of gold! She has two good friends to whom she tells tall tales and with whom she has a lot of fun. I recently read a borrowed original to my six-year old daughter who thought it was a smashing story. This beautifully produced edition with its frequent colourful illustrations (a red-based palette, so yes you should get a copy for your boys), well spaced words, and cleanly laid out pages feels friendly enough for my daughter herself to pick it up to read and it will surely be read again and again. A triumph!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For boys too... 11 Nov 2010
By artymum
I don't know who is enjoying this book more - my six year old son or myself. Pippi is a feisty character with a touch of the superhero about her and is as appealing to me now as she was when I was a kid. The book is fun for both of us to read out loud and as ever, Lauren Child's playful approach to image and text is delightful. The book isn't packed with illustrations but this leaves more room for one's imagination to take flight.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this now - before it's out of print! 19 Jan 2009
A beautiful book. And at a sensational price now too. I paid alot more than it is now as it was intended for a Christmas present for my daughter. So you will have a great deal if you can get your hands on a copy now. I must say, I don't mind having paid the higher amount - the book is worth every penny.
If you - like me - are an admirer of Lauren Child's work, you will not be disappointed. Not just the illustrations are fabulous, parts of the text are type-set in the spirally way familiar to the Charlie & Lola books, which was a lovely surprise. The four (limited edition) prints are quite small - the size of the book - but, if framed nicely will make nice decorative art for a little girl's bedroom.
As to the story: well, Pippi's a classic. And I don't think anyone needs telling that Astrid Lindgren's books are essential childhood reading. Timeless stories, brought into a fresh modern look, I can highly recommend this Lauren Child edition.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Read Aloud 1 Feb 2009
By imla
I am a primary school teacher and at the end of the day I like to read to the class. This beautiful edition of Pippi Longstocking sat on my school bookshelf and although I could see that it was stunning (such beautiful illustrations and excellent quality of paper) I was unsure whether it would be the right book to read a class of 30 7 and 8 year old boys and girls. Surely Pippi Longstocking would be too girly for the boys to really enjoy.

From the very beginning of the story I found myself, and my children, enthralled. The character of Pippi, a girl who has lost both parents and lives alone, is a very engaging one. She gets up to mischief, causes trouble and tells tall tales! The book chronicles various adventures such as Pippi Goes to School and Pippi Goes to the Circus.

The stories are full of action and very funny. There were numerous points in the text where I had to stop because I was laughing so much. The children found the book to be funny and enchanting thus it made everyone (children and myself)happy when it came to reading this book.

I would definitely recommend this book, whether it be for teachers such as myself or parents wanting a book to share with their children. I would, in particular, recommend this edition because, in my opinion, Lauren Child's illustratons bring something special to the text. They are more than just pictures to accompany the writing but inventive ways of showing the story.

A must have!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 10 Nov 2011
By Ozzie
I bought this for my daughter after her teacher had been reading it to her in class. She was so captivated by the story and asked for it for her birthday and it has not disappointed. She loves the stories of Pippi's adventures and adores the illustrations which go with them. I would definitely recommend this book. My daughter is 8 yrs old but it would be great to read to younger children also who are unable to read it for themselves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyed by my daughter and me! 7 May 2012
I was looking for a 'proper' book to read my 5 yr old daughter (rather then Rainbow blimmin' Fairies) and this was suggested. It was a MASSIVE hit. She paid attention, eagerly looking forward to going to bed to hear more and could remember what had happened previously. Also the illustrations were loved as my daughter was/is a fan of Charlie & Lola. I had not read Pippi as a child myself and therefore I really enjoyed reading it too. Was surpised how 'anarchic' Pippi is - especially as written in 1945!

Stella, 5 says: "I like that the fact that she says 'Oh No What A Idiot I am' because my brother and sister say that and I like it because she has pig-tails and I love the story. I like that Pippi rides a horse and has a pet monkey called Mr Niellson who is tiny"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pippi Longstocking Gift Edition - Fantastic Book 10 Sep 2009
By Taywal
Bought this book for our 9 year old daughter and she is absolutely loving it. Beautifully illustrated by Lauren Child (of Charlie & Lola fame). It comes with a lovely sleeve and some prints which you could frame.

I would recommend this book for all little readers and their mums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very appealing to adults - hope the children enjoy it just as much.
Published 23 hours ago by Bernadette Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun adventure story
Pippi Longstocking is a very strange girl because she dresses very strangely. The story is funny and easy to read. It doesn't have any difficult words. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Horwood
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This was a birthday present for a great grand daughter who will be 3 next week. I have not given it to her yet but her Father says she enjoys his reading of this author's books to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. H. Astbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
What a wonderful book, far bigger and better than I'd imagined, would definitely recommend this to any pippi fan, great stories.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. J. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely for childre who are starting to read independently.
Bought as a gift. Child was very happy with this book as she classed it as a big girls book. Not many pictures so she's moving up .......
Published 2 months ago by vito
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, get your kids one!
Published 2 months ago by Wood Gnome
5.0 out of 5 stars Pippi Longstocking revisited by Lauren Child
Sometimes, all it takes is a new look to entice young readers to discover a great classic. Our children really enjoyed reading this book.
Published 6 months ago by NT4
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book - evokes memories of my childhood
I have just started reading this to my 5 year old daughter & she loves it! I remember the stories when my dad used to read them to me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pensta
5.0 out of 5 stars As fabulous as in my childhood
Miss 4 adores this. She loves the storyline and that, combined with Lauren Child's illustrations is an absolute winner. Highly recommend!!
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
The most perfect gift for a young great niece's birthday. Service and delivery were great. Thank you. Would shop again with you.
Published 7 months ago by Dot
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