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. For us, the problem is not that he has any of the details wrong but just that the wish-fulfilling life and exploits of the strongest girl in the world go a lot farther on their own. There's not much story here--Tommy and Annika decide to run away and Pippi goes along, ostensibly to watch over them but actually to stir up adventure. With the old bravado, Pippi eats a fish skeleton whole, rides a barrel over a waterfall, and drives into a lake in an old jalopy she's just repaired with glue; but other adventures--especially diverting a bull when the farmer's baby wanders into his reach--seem staged for the kiddie film this looks like. The prose, too, reads like a spin-off, and the format suggests a dime store market.