Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Digital Audiobook narrated by Christina Moore
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on January 1st, 1945
Genres: Children's, Classics, Fiction
Length: 160 pages or 2 hours, 35 minutes
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Pippi Longstocking lives in a ramshackle house with a horse on the porch, a monkey on the roof, and a trunk full of gold coins in the kitchen. Without any parents to tell her when to go to bed, Pippi has the perfect life - especially for a nine-year-old.
I never read Pippi Longstocking as a child, so I figured – no time like the present! This is a beloved childrens book to many and I’ve always been aware or Pippi, even without reading about her. After all, how can one forget about the little girl in with bright red pigtail braids that stick straight out from her head? I’m pretty sure my mum dressed me as her one year for Halloween when I was little.
At 29, Pippi Longstocking is honestly just okay. I do think that there’s some level of nostalgia that comes into re-reading childrens books as an adult. I will be absolutely delighted with anything Roald Dahl has written, but I’ve had mixed success with childrens classics that I didn’t read as a kid. There’s also the fact this was written in the 1940s, so there’s a little bit of displacement there.
Pippi herself is a mix between Anne Shirley and Peter Pan. She’s imaginative and definitely has Anne’s complexion (right down to her “carrot” hair), but she’s got Peter’s trickster personality and impudence. I actually found the extremity of her exploits a little exhausting. Still, I think she’d charm even modern children, who would probably enjoy the idea of walking a tightrope or climbing down into a tree. I personally found Pippi to be a stressful little beastie, and a royal brat.
THAT SAID. I really do think this is a perfectly respectable childrens book with the appropriate amount of hijinks and silliness to make any youngster smile. The writing style is simple and interesting, and while I wouldn’t call it a timeless classic myself, I would encourage parents of kids who would love to see an energetic, unruly star take the stage. 🙂
Personally? I’m all set with this little heroine.