Do you remember reading Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren when you were a child? It was my absolute favourite. Pippi was our superhero: an orphan with bright red hair and incredible stories to tell, who lives on her own with a horse and a monkey and does not conform to anything.
I had totally forgotten about this book (It made me a bit sad that something that had been so special to me, had slipped out of my memory), until I stumbled over a copy of it today in a bookshop. And the copy I stumbled over is pretty special. The story of Pippi, which must have been written more than 50 years ago, has been given a face lift with illustrations by Lauren Child, famous from the UK TV show, Charlie and Lola. The illustrations are super charming and work beautifully with this story. I cannot wait to read this book to my kids. Coco, who is now 6 will be captivated by the story and 3-year-old Violette will love the pictures!
Pippi is also a favourite of our designer, Bryony Richardson. She’s provided masses of inspiration over the years, and some of her independence and strength of character continues to find its way into the little girl, Poppy, whose adventures are played out in Bryony’s charming designs.
Let’s hope Lauren Child’s equally individual illustrations help bring Astrid Lindgren’s classic to a new audience!
I’m very curious about the combination of Lauren Child & Astrid Lindgren, I’m a fan of both! What astranges me: on the bookcover Pippi looks a bit shy (just like Lola only with braids), and if Pippi is anything, it’s not shy…