Review of “Pippi Longstocking”

Pippi Longstocking
By Astrid Lindgren
Published by Puffin Modern Classics [originally published by Rabén & Sjögren]
160 pages

Pippi Longstocking is a naïve nine year old girl who is super strong! She can lift up people and even cars! Pippi has crazy red braids that stick straight out on the sides on her head, and she has a pet monkey named Mr. Nelson and a horse.

When Pippi moves into her father’s house next to Annika and Tommy, she has to do everything by herself because her mother is dead and her father is away at sea. She has no parents to tell her what to do, no parents to make her go to school, and no parents to make her go to bed when she’d rather do lots of other fun things.

Annika and Tommy seem to be around the same age as Pippi, with Annika being the oldest and Tommy being the youngest of the trio. Annika is very careful, tidy, and independent. She also is very polite and doesn’t like to get her dress ruined or dirty. Annika’s brother, Tommy, is brave and up for excitement, and isn’t afraid to go on thrilling adventures and get a little dirty on the way.

Together Pippi, Annika, and Tommy go on funny and delightful adventures through their town. Once Annika and Tommy take Pippi to the circus and it turns into a big fiasco when Pippi jumps into the arena and rides the horses.

The adventures in this book are witty and exciting. In all of them Tommy, Annika and Pippi seem to have lots of fun. I think it would be thrilling to have crazy adventures like the ones they go on.

My favorite part is when Pippi first moves in and Annika and Tommy can’t help noticing the odd things about Pippi, like the way she doesn’t have parents. I like it because it reveals to the reader that Pippi is no ordinary girl.

Pippi Longstocking has been around for 60 years!! She was originally published in Sweden in 1945. Since then her story has been translated into 64 languages and loved by many readers all around the world. Pippi even had an old television show that aired in1969, and a few movies!

The name ‘Pippi’ is actually a nickname. When the book was originally published in Sweden, her full name was ‘Pippilotta Viktualia Rullgardina Krusmynta Efraimsdotter Långstrump’, which has some made up nonsense words that could not be translated to other languages. As a result, different versions of the story use different names. Some of the English names include ‘Pippilotta Rollgardinia Victualia Peppermint Longstocking’ and ‘Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraimsdotter Longstocking’. Some of the names for ‘Pippi Longstocking’ in other languages are ‘Harisnyás Pippi’ (Hungarian), ‘Pipe Phakidomyte’ (Greek), and ‘Malgwallyang’i Sonyŏ Ppippi’ (Korean).

You can find more facts about Pippi here.

I think this is a great book for all kids aged 8-11.


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