Pippi Longstocking is 75!

First published in 1945, Pippi Longstocking is the creation of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. A passionate story teller – Astrid Lindgren first created Pippi for her daughter Karin. These treasured bedtime stories were first written down after a broken leg left her bed-ridden and bored, from this boredom the story was written down and illustrated by Karin.

Pippi Longstocking or, using her full Swedish name, Pippilotta Viktualia Rullgardina Krusmynta Efraimsdotter Långstrump was rejected by nearly all Swedish publishers, who wanted the author to change the stories to focus on the two well-behaved children in Tommy and Annika. Eventually Bonnier – who were on the verge of bankruptcy – took the risk of publishing books about the world’s strongest girl and famously saved their business!

Bonnier are still a thriving publishing company – home to a range of talented authors including Wilbur Smith, Lynda La Plante, Heather Morris, Rosie Goodwin, T.M. Logan, Stacey Halls, Konnie Huq, and Garth Nix – all saved by the world’s strongest girl and her creator Astrid Lindgren.

If you haven’t read any of the Pippi Longstocking books you can find a selection of them in our libraries. Although Astrid Lingren is considered a children’s author, these stories can be enjoyed by both children and their grown-up together.

Below you will find a list of the Pippi Longstocking books we have in Hampshire Libraries, if you would like to reserve any of them for collection from your closest library you can do this for a small charge.

Do you know Pippi Longstocking?

Pippi Longstocking lives alone in a villa with her horse and a monkey called Mr Nilsson. She is incredibly strong and in this story she bakes cookies on the floor, performs in a circus and takes on two burglars singlehandedly!

Suitable for ages 3+

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi is the only girl in the world who can do exactly what she likes. She is nine years old and lives in a cottage with a horse and a monkey. Her friends Tommy and Annika have to go to school and go to bed when they’re told, but they still have time to join Pippi on all her great adventures.

Suitable for ages 8+

Pippi Goes Aboard

Whenever Tommy and Annika are with Pippi Longstocking, they have the most wonderful adventures. But the most thrilling time by far is when Pippi’s father, a cannibal king, comes to visit.

Suitable for ages 8+

Pippi in the South Sea

Pippi Longstocking and her friends, Tommy and Annika, set off on their greatest adventure of all – a trip to Canny Canny Island, the home of Pippi’s cannibal king father.

Suitable for ages 8+

You can find more books to borrow by Astrid Lindgren here!

I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.

– Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

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