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on 9 July 2009
It probably was a bad omen to get a new translator by the name of Sarah Death for this book. This trilogy were my favourite books of the childhood. I remember coming home being upset about lots of thing and feeling like nothing would make me feel better and then opening one of the books and feeling happy and cosy again. The books are so wonderful and funny, warm and nostalgic but now shot dead through the heart by this translation and horrible illustrations. I remember as a child laughing at the name of the housekeeper - Freken Bok, imagining what it's like to live in Sweden... But would the current readers even guess that Karlson and Erik live in Sweden? Probably not... The names of all the characters are needlessly anglicised (purely for mercenary reason in (false)hope to sell more), language is charmless and the book probably would be better without any illustrations such as these.
Does Oxford University Press thinks nobody else remembers earlier and much better translations or that nobody can read translations in other languages and compare? I think they should be ashamed of themselves.

However, despite all this I would still recommend this book if you cannot read it in any other language where it's better translated. If you want a purely innocent book full of fun - this is it. If the book had original illustrations and sensitive translation it would deserve not 5 but 10 stars...
Erik lives in Stockholm with his Mum, Dad, brother and sister. A perfectly ordinary happy family. He is maybe a bit lonely because he is the youngest in the family and he really wants a dog. Erik (Smidge in this book) befriends a flying man Karlson, who is naughty and fun, who loves cream cakes best of all, and chocolate and toffies, all other sweets in the world and any other food and ...playing tricks. And Erik realises that quite often he has to forgive Karslson's shortcomings because Karslon is the best friend any child could wish for. So, if you read original translation you probably wouldn't enjoy this book but your children (from 6 to 12 years old? I kept it on my bed table until I was 14) most probably would love it.
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on 27 February 2009
This is one of my favourite books of Astrid Lindgren and I loved it as a child. I am now sharing with my 4-year old daughter and she absolutely loves it. She giggles when we talk about Karlsson living on the roof and all the other adventures seem like great fun to her.

Can really recommend this one!
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on 19 February 2012
It is an amazing classic form a Swedish Children's author, Astrid Lindgren. I got it for my son so that he would get a better idea of what he has been watching from the DVD since he was a baby. An attempt to transmit a pearl of the Northern-European children's literature to the next generation.
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on 6 February 2014
Whether or not you liked Pippi Longstocking (personally I didn't) read the Karlson books. I loved them as a child and get to love them again as an adult.
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on 8 March 2009
appalling translation. names changed unnecessarily, untrue to the author. also, original illustrations have been replaced, again totally unnecessary. this is not karlsson!!!

the original book(s) are great, but this translation disgraces it. every child should read karlsson, but not in this version.
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on 25 June 2009
This is a great series of children's books every kid should read. The earlier translations don't even come close to conveying the spirit of the books. Here the humor is definitely not "lost in translation".
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on 9 January 2016
Brilliantly imaginative story!
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