Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Customer Review - Pippi on the Run

Pippi on the Run
by Astrid Lindgren [j Lindgren]

For Pippi fans, Pippi on the Run is a must-have addition to your collection. First, there are the half- and full-size photos which decorate most of this picture book. Second, of course, there is the "new" adventure (as of 1971, when this book was published), which starts when Annika gets mad at her mom and decides to run away from home. Yes, I said photos! Copyright by Semic International, the photos perfectly capture Pippi's wide smile, brilliant orange pigtails which stick out to her sides, and mismatched clothes. I also like the choices picked for Tommy and Annika. The two blonde-haired kids are merry but prim, fitting with how I envisioned them. I don't recall from the longer works what Pippi's horse looked like, but white with black dots seems like the perfect style for a girl like Pippi. Although running away does not seem to fit with Annika's proper character, she shows her true colors when she insists on cleaning the ears of a beggar, a farm pig, and even her brother. As for Tommy, he laughs and soaks in the escapades. Pippi decides to join Tommy and Annika on their road trip, which makes for an hilarious and imaginative adventure. The three children meet a peddler musician, lower themselves down a hill by rope into a river, and sing sad songs when their clothes are eaten by a cow. For readers who have yet to discover the novels, Pippi on the Run makes a good starting place for getting acquainted with this highly unusual Swedish girl. With the demeanor of a storyteller, Lindgren explains who Pippi is and recaps some of the highlights of her life at Villa Villekulla. Besides being the strongest girl in the world, Pippi is also the richest and strangest. The rest of Pippi on the Run is about the strangers that Pippi, Tommy, and Anika meet while on the run, the dangers they face, and the eventual decision to return home. -- review submitted by Allison H.-F. - a customer of the Bennett Martin Public Library
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