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Emil and the Sneaky Rat Paperback – 3 Jul 2008
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I adored Astrid Lindgren as a child and it was wonderful to discover the hilarious and original adventures of Emil, a little boy who gets his head stuck in soup tureens and hoists his sister up a flagpole. Irresistible. (Francesca Simon, author of Horrid Henry)
Before there was Horrid Henry, there was Emil - the most mischievous child for miles!See all Product description
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To counter an earlier review: Emil lives on a Swedish farm in the late 19th / early 20th Century. Yes, reference is made to a pig being turned into sausage. Today's children, who grow up with food materialising on supermarket shelves, may learn something from Emil's experience of the world. (Honestly, I'm flabbergasted that anyone would see anything "gruesome" or disturbing about these stories - what your child will remember is a world full of sunlight and changing seasons and human warmth - and the hilarious antics of this little boy, who causes havoc in the most well-meaning of ways, and somehow always comes out on top).
Anyway, I am very happy to see some of Lindgren's English translations being re-printed at long last. I grew up in Germany, where Astrid Lindgren is an integral part of every childhood - I can't imagine mine without her. I'm a little sad that I've struggled to find English editions of many of her works for the English-speaking children in my family and circle of friends. I really feel they are missing out. As great as the Pippi Longstocking stories are, there is so much more to this author (google her, and you'll see I'm not alone in my opinion!). Try The Brothers Lionheart; Ronia the Robber's Daughter; Mio, my son; and (for the really little ones) The Tomten.
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