Books by Astrid Lindgren

ASTRID LINDGREN'S TOMTEN TALES by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Worthy as a gift or a replacement for battered old copies of the originals. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A fresh edition of two classic tales featuring an old farm and its small, red-capped protector. Read full book review >
IN THE LAND OF TWILIGHT by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Though the format is attractive, its rambling airiness will disappoint Lindgren fans and have a limited audience. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The third book from this Swedish team relates a fanciful dream tale that sharply contrasts with their realistic previous two (A Calf for Christmas and Goran's Great Escape, 2010, 2011). Read full book review >
GORAN'S GREAT ESCAPE by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"From a beloved author, a tiny gem for reading aloud or reading alone. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Years ago in Sweden, on an Easter morning, Goran the bull escaped from his barn and might still be at large if 7-year-old Karl hadn't come by and offered to scratch his head. Read full book review >
THE RED BIRD by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"In the end, knowing that their act cannot be undone, Matthew and Anna close the door on that ugly world forever—a choice that will seem reasonable to younger readers, and will also resonate with fans of Oscar Wilde's sentimental, symbolic fairy tales. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In this first English language edition of Lindgren's 1959 tale, two orphaned children escape their sad world of forced labor and grinding poverty by following a red bird to a hidden doorway, beyond which lies Sunnymead, a warm, bright land where children play and a Mother provides lavish amounts of food and love. Read full book review >
MIRABELLE by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2003

"The translation has a fresh feeling too: 'Now I'm coming to the weird part,' the young narrator confides, 'I can't explain how peculiar it was.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
Mirabelle is a very special doll, and not just because she was grown from a seed. Read full book review >
PIPPI GOES TO THE CIRCUS by Astrid Lindgren
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"MPSLUGMRS Piggle-Wiggle and the Little House girls have also shown up in picture books, and so has Pippi (Pippi Longstocking's After-Christmas Party, 1996), but this excerpt will not send readers back to Lindgren's originals. (Picture book. 9-11)"
Pippi Longstocking, the nine-year-old who lives by herself in her own house with her own horse and has inspired generations of children with her spunk and power, is shoehorned into an egregious picture-book length version of one of her adventures. Read full book review >
PIPPI LONGSTOCKING'S AFTER-CHRISTMAS PARTY by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Her fans will rejoice at the arrival of 'one more story' about Pippi. (Picture book. 5-10)"
At the end of Pippi in the South Seas (1959), Pippi and friends Tommy and Annika celebrated Christmas in Pippi's ramshackle Villa Villekulla. Read full book review >
THE DAY ADAM GOT MAD by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"In every way, a delightful vignette. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Why the prize bull should be in a rage and break out on Easter morning is a mystery; people from miles around gather to see what will happen next. Read full book review >
A CALF FOR CHRISTMAS by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 1991

"Tornqvist's watercolors are beautifully observed, a fine complement to this unusual glimpse of rural Sweden at the turn of the century. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-10)"
Johan's family is distraught: the cow on which they depended has died. Read full book review >
I WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL TOO by Barbara Lucas
Released: Oct. 1, 1987

"A modest effort for older readers of picture books."
The first American edition of a 1979 publication by the famed Swedish author that, surprisingly, is more memorable for its illustration than for its text. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1983

"You can see exactly where this is headed, but you do want it to get there."
To his glee and joy, Matt the robber chief has a child: "a robber's daughter," and the next robber chieftain. Read full book review >
PIPPI ON THE RUN by Astrid Lindgren
Released: March 9, 1976

"The prose, too, reads like a spin-off, and the format suggests a dime store market."
Gyberg's oversize technicolor photos of three real children may or may not correspond to a given reader's image of Pippi and her friends Tommy and Annika. Read full book review >
KARLSON ON THE ROOF by Astrid Lindgren
Released: Nov. 1, 1971

"Figment or flesh, he won't be missed."
Karlsson is the childish little flying man who visits Eric's room from his secret house on the roof. Read full book review >
MATTI LIVES IN FINLAND by Astrid Lindgren
Released: May 1, 1969

"But all have a sweet innocence that's rare nowadays."
Since Elle Kari, in 1952, these photostories have changed very little; while other series quite deliberately devolve on local customs, schooling, means of livelihood and the like, this remains casual, personal, a little sentimental. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1965

"Good triumphs and evil loses in the end, but that was telegraphed from the beginning."
These are the further adventures of 15-year-old Bill Bergson, now leading his Knights of the White Roses to rescue a young professor, his small son, and some strategic military papers from the clutches of a gang of international spies. Read full book review >
Released: April 20, 1964

"599, J-201)."
Jonas, Maria, and Lotta — Big Noise, Little Noise and Little Nut as their father calls them — are the three reasons for the street's name. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN OF NOISY VILLAGE by Ilon Wikland
Released: Oct. 1, 1962

"The episodes vary with Lisa's life — some are subdued, others humorous- but all are filled with the special charm of a special little girl."
Little Lisa shares her life on a Swedish farm to the delight of her newly made American friends. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS IN THE STABLE by Astrid Lindgren
Released: Sept. 17, 1962

"A fine introduction to the meaning of Christmas for the child who, like the one here pictured, nestles in mother's lap to discover it."
With quiet reverence for the magic of the night, a mother tells the story of a man and woman who sought lodgings in a stable and were blessed during the cold wintry night with a newborn child. Read full book review >
MISCHIEVOUS MEG by Gerry Bothmer
Released: April 1, 1962

"The delicious goodness in 'bad' little girls comes rollicking through, thanks to the wit and charm of these gleeful episodes."
Mayhem and merriment combine in equal doses and descend on the quiet little village of June Hill, Sweden, whenever mischievous Meg and her devoted follower, baby-sister-Betsy, decide to exercise their potent imaginations. Read full book review >
THE TOMTEN by Astrid Lindgren
Released: Nov. 13, 1961

"Adapted from an old Swedish poem."
Who is it that wanders the countryside on a snowy peaceful night in winter? Read full book review >
RASMUS AND THE VAGABOND by Gerry Bothmer
Released: March 25, 1960

"Rasmus has all the appeal of the spirited and neglected orphan and his sentimental alliance with a hobo is handled with a winning freshness."
Rasmus, within the confines of his Swedish orphanage, dreams of a family which will overlook his stubbornly straight hair, and will love him. Read full book review >
PIPPI IN THE SOUTH SEAS by Gerry Bothmer
Released: Sept. 18, 1959

"Throughout the expedition Pippi manifests her tremendous capacity for humor, imagination, and extraordinary physical strength in a manner which will delight those readers already familiar with her and win for her many ardent new friends."
Pippi, a carrot-haired Swedish girl, once again embarks on a series of pranks, capers, and mischief which add up to one grand adventure for her and her two companions. Read full book review >
PIPPI GOES ON BOARD by Louis S. Glanzman
Released: Sept. 20, 1957

"One has the same sense of anti-climax that one did in the disappointing sequel to the imperishable ."
Sweden's small fry Paul Bunyan, feminine gender, continues her miraculous adventures as enfant terrible and again leads her friends, Tommy and Annika (whom we met in Pippi Longstocking, back in 1950) down the primrose path. Read full book review >
MIO, MY SON by Astrid Lindgren
Released: June 15, 1956

"Through the adventures that follow- their sortie against the wicked Sir Kato- Anders' (who is now Mio) memories of his former life run in juxtaposition to the fantasy, making it the more real."
From the author of the Bill Bergson stories (see Bill Bergson, Master Detective, etc.) comes this completely different and quite charming fairy story that should complement young feelings of longing and love and adventure. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 24, 1954

"Light mystery-light reading in a jolly Scandanavian setting."
Bill Bergson, the friendly Swedish boy of Bill Bergson, Master Detective (1952) is on his merrily haphazard way again- with his pals Anders and Eva Lotta. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 1952

"Pleasant thrills."
Comically styled young sleuthings translated from the Swedish and set in a small town in Sweden. Read full book review >
PIPPI LONGSTOCKING by Astrid Lindgren
Released: Oct. 16, 1950

"Champion of fun, freedom and fantasy and long happy thoughts, Pippi is an inspired creation knit from daydreams."
A fresh delicious fantasy that children will love. Read full book review >