Pippi Longstocking: Author- Astrid Lindgren

Summary of the story as stated in the book: Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey-but without any parents-at the edge of a Swedish village.

Book - Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (Book Review in mirandavoice.com)
Book: Pippi Longstocking (Book Review in mirandavoice.com)

Book: Pippi Longstocking

Genre: Children’s Literature

Author: Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) – In 1958, she won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international award in children’s literature.

Pippi Longstocking , was originally published in Swedish in 1950. It was followed by two sequels, Pippi Goes on Board and Pippi in the South Seas.

Translated by Florence Lamborn

Illustrated by Louis S. Glanzman

Puffin Modern Classics, Puffin Books

Published by the Penguin Group

Book Review:

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, this prose is a creative masterpiece – built with surplus imaginative/creative skill; the narrative has a feminine charm with peculiar perspective. The central character of this story is a little nine year old girl – Miss Pippi (Pippilotta) Longstocking, who did sailed on the ocean until she came to live at Viila Villekulla with a little monkey (Mr. Nilson) and a big suitcase full of gold pieces, and she also owns a  horse; the unruly Pippi is an amazingly strong girl, with cleverness for unnecessary gab; this narrative expresses how Pippi involves her exceptional self to different situations which she is much ignorant of.

The story is divided into 11 sections, each section is of moderate length except for chapters 9  and 11 which are a little longer; the story advances with each chapter, however each chapter has a distinct quality thus each chapter can also be observed as a distinct part without following the sequence of the narrative.

It is an excellent source of reading material, for growth of imagination and vocabulary development, for children of 8 to 11 years; its chapters are valuable prose material because of its richness in creative literature, therefore these sections do contribute for a constructive role in education of children .


The illustrations by  Louis S. Glanzman have an influential connect with the story.


Individual Chapter Summary: Book – Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

  1. Pippi Moves into Villa Villekulla

This chapter is the introduction piece into the unusual circumstances of Pippi and her introduction with her two playmates Tommy and Annika.

  1. Pippi Is a Thing-Finder and Gets into a Fight

Pippi and her playmates involve themselves as Thing-Finders – And according to Pippi, “A Thing-Finder is somebody who hunts for things, the whole world is full of things, and somebody has to look for them. And that’s just what a Thing-Finder does.” This chapter also describes how Pippi deals with her bullies in her own uncanny style.

  1. Pippi Plays Tag with Some Policemen

As the title suggests, Pippi plays tag with some policemen by climbing all over her house Villa Villekulla alike a monkey.

  1. Pippi Goes to School

The school is too small a place for an unruly girl like Pippi … this chapter highlights her dilemma in school.

  1. Pippi Sits on the Gate and Climbs a Tree

Pippi’s skill for gab is at its extemporary best when she comes across a girl who is awestruck with her tales, and the chapter also includes Pippi and her playmates discovering their secret hiding place inside the hollow of a tree trunk.

  1. Pippi Arranges a Picnic

Pippi and her playmates adventure into the woods doubles up in excitement when a bull chases her playmate Tommy

  1. Pippi Goes to the Circus

When an unusual girl like Pippi visit’s a circus, can you imagine the ruckus … the story just narrates the same.

  1. Pippi Entertains Two Burglars

“Please, please miss,” begged Thunder-Karlson, “forgive us …

Then she turned to her prisoners, “Can either of you dance the schottische?”

Pippi makes the burglars earn for honesty  …

  1. Pippi Goes to a Coffee Party

At the coffee party at Tommy’s and Annika’s house, Pippi participates wholeheartedly in the gossip about servants with the ladies by her nonstop and silly chatter …

  1. Pippi Acts as a Lifesaver

Pippi saves two little boys from the window of a burning skyscraper in an inimitable style …

11.  Pippi Celebrates Her Birthday

Pippi’s birthday celebration is the most joyous occasion for all the three children … the story describes it.


Chapters & Age suitability: Book – Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Chapters Age suitability of children
1 8 year olds
2 & 5 9 year olds
3, 4, 6, 7, & 8 10 year olds
9,10 & 11 11 year olds

(The segregation of chapters is done according to the nature of sensitivity of the content and the general cognitive ability of children to discriminate between fact and fiction)

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  1. This brings back memories from long time ago… These books were such fun to read! I read the Hebrew translation, and the name of the girl was changed from Pipi (i.e. urine in Hebrew…) to Bilbi. Only years later I learned it wasn’t the original name. 🙂

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