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ASTRID LINDGREN 2020
Pippi Longstocking 75th Anniversary
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In every girl there is a Pippi Longstocking If you are very strong, you must also be very kind.
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in every little girl there is a Pippi. You can hear it in her voice, see it in her eyes and sometimes even in her hair. It’s a strength that gives her courage and hope, helps her to tackle difficulties in life and to violate norms. Some girls have to tackle more than others. Fear, loneliness and vulnerability. Invisible to the outside world. Experiences that sometimes stand in the way for a brighter future. But through empowerment and the right support refugee girls can use the strength inside them to heal the nightmares of their past and focus on the dreams of their future. To celebrate Pippi Longstocking’s 75th anniversary in 2020 we want to,
through Pippi’s core values – strength and generosity, continue my grandmother’s work for children’s rights. We want to share Pippi’s strength with the children who need it most, but also to provide an opportunity, a space, for girls on the move to share their stories and their strength. I want to thank all of our partners and Pippi fans around the world for joining hands with us and Save the Children in the campaign Pippi of Today. olle nym a n, CEO, The Astrid Lindgren Company and grandson of Astrid Lindgren
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Content Pippi Longstocking / 4–7, 10–17 Mio, My Son / 18–19 Seacrow Island / 20–21 The Tomten and the Fox / 22 Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter / 24 The Brothers Lionheart / 25 Emil in Lönneberga / 26–27
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Lotta on Troublemaker Street / 28 Mardie / 29 Karlsson on the Roof / 29 The Children of Noisy Village / 30 Rasmus and the Vagabond / 30 Kalle Blomkvist – Master Detective / 31
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first published book about Pippi Long stocking. To commemorate this jubilee, The Astrid Lindgren Company and Save the Children are launching the global campaign “Pippi of Today”, a collaboration aimed at creating awareness and raising money for Save the Children’s work for girls on the move. companies from all around the world are joining hands in the international campaign “Pippi of Today”, which takes place in the Nordics, USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, and Switzerland, among other places. Through limited-edition merchandise, events, and other initiatives, the money raised in the campaign will contribute to the work of Save the Children and support girls on the move. Olle Nyman, CEO at The Astrid Lindgren Company and Astrid Lindgren’s grandson, said: “In a world with ever stronger currents of nationalism and xenophobia, we want to highlight our shared responsibility for all children in demonstrating their strength and potential. With the help of Pippi, we want to support the girls who need it most, while also making their voices heard. Save the Children’s activities aim to support them, while Pippi serves as an inspiring role model that gives them strength and hope”. 75 years ago, the world’s strongest girl— Pippi Longstocking—came to a new town on her own. Today, millions of girls are being forced to leave their homes and move not only to new cities but also to new countries. Girls on the move need to gather all their strength, courage, and hope to tackle challenges and find their ways to a brighter future. They are the Pippis of Today.
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Children’s rights know no borders. All children should have the same rights, no matter who they are or where they live.
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CEO at Save the Children International
More girls on the move than ever the number of girls on the move has not been this high since the end of the second world war. Girls comprise an especially vulnerable group among refugees, with unique challenges that are oftentimes forgotten. Girls on the move face a greater risk of being exposed to violence and exploitation, such as sexual abuse and child marriage. In most cases, their education is also often put on hold. Inger Ashing, CEO at Save the Children International, said: “Children’s rights know no borders. All children should have the same rights, no matter who they are or where they live. Save the Children is excited to partner with The Astrid Lindgren Company to help expand our work for girls on the move. In 2019, we interviewed girls from around the world who are on the move to better understand their experiences and how we can best reach them with the right efforts. But we still lack sufficient data and knowledge in this area. With the funds raised, we will be able to help fill these knowledge gaps and expand our work, so that every last girl survives, learns and is protected.”
The Pippis of Today To shed light on the situations for girls on the move, Save the Children talked to 13 girls around the world. In the interviews, they share what they are going through, what their lives are like now, and what they hope to achieve in the future.
Luisa Everything I brought fit in my small bag. I took my clothes, my notebooks and a few books. And some fabric I use to make clothes for my baby sister’s doll. luisa is 12 years old and one of over a million people that have fled to Colombia from neighbouring Venezuela, leaving because of lack of food, economic hardship and increasing violence. Today she attends Save the Children’s Child
Friendly Space, where migrant children are given the opportunity to meet friends, play and learn. Children from Venezuela have the right to attend schools in Colombia by law, but since there are now so many refugees in the area, the schools have run out of places.
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Naw Si Si
Don’t be shy, there is nothing to be ashamed of! I am from Myanmar, but I can be anything if I try. You don’t know the future, so you can’t judge who I am, or who I will become.
I didn’t think it was dad, Leen says about meeting her father at the airport in Stockholm after being apart for half a year. But then I recognised him. And he came towards us, and I hugged him.
naw si si is 14 years old and lives with her grandmother in a wooden house on stilts in Thailand, close to the border with Myanmar. They are from the Po Karen ethnic group. Decades of armed conflict in Myanmar have forced many Karen people to flee to Thailand. There is a ceasefire now, but many stay in Thailand and only occasionally go back across the border. Naw Si Si takes part in a leadership training for young refugees and migrants, run by one of Save the Children’s partner organisations. She tries to support her friends and girls in the community to speak up. Young girls’ ambitions are often ridiculed, and girls are reluctant to speak to adults about their needs and wishes.
leen, 1 1, is from damascus in Syria. She came to Sweden as a refugee five years ago. She lives in northern Sweden with her family. Her memories of their home in Damascus are both peaceful and violent. Parents sometimes have a harder time building relationships in a new country. Save the Children works with newly arrived families, to support and find ways to empower them to find friends and a coherent social environment. Feeling safe and that you are in control is essential when finding your way into a new society. Children usually connect to their new environment faster than their parents. Leen went to school right away, joined the scouts and played football for a while in their new hometown in northern Sweden.
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Selection of campaign products
Time for a celebration! shouted Pippi, when she was back on her feet again. We’ll celebrate until Villa Villekulla’s roof flies off!
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A bracelet to support Girls on the move. Everyone can contribute to the campaign by buying and wearing this bracelet. You can also become a retailer. For more information, please contact sofia.jackson @astridlindgren.se Euromic
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Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) is Sweden’s best loved and most famous author. Her works have been translated into over one hundred languages and are delighting children and adults all over the world. P H OTO : © JACO B F O R S E L L
her breakthrough as an author came in 1945 with Pippi Longstocking. Many of her stories can be seen as films, TV-series and theatre plays. Astrid Lindgren wrote many of the scripts herself. The songs she wrote are also widely known. There is a never ceasing interest in reading her books and finding out more about her life. Astrid Lindgren’s life’s work is unique and significant. Astrid Lindgren was an unafraid and persuasive person who fought for children’s rights, equality, non-violence, the humane treatment of animals and a respect for nature. Her crusades to mould public opinion played a noteworthy role in the fall of a Swedish government, and the introduction of several laws. As an author and as an opinion maker, she has become a rolemodel for people the world over. Astrid Lindgren died in 2002, at the age of 94.
I want to write for a readership that can create miracles. Children create miracles when they read.
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Astrid Lindgren Licensing Program The Astrid Lindgren Company offers a product licensing program based on Astrid Lindgren herself. t h e ob j e c t i v e of the Astrid Lindgren license program is to strengthen the authorship as a whole, to meet the demand we see from people who admire Astrid Lindgren for her wisdom, creativity, humour and warmth. The licensing program is based on photos, illustrations and quotes, and is available in the stationary, apparel and home deco categories.
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Never Violence! in 1978, Astrid Lindgren received the German Booksellers’ Peace Prize. She turned her acceptance speech into a fiery attack on domestic violence and tyranny. The speech is just as topical today, with its description of the mechanisms of evil and our strong desire for peace. In 2018 a new illustrated edition of the speech, including the poem If I Were God, a new preface by Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children and afterword by Swedish diplomat Thomas Hammarberg was published. Astrid Lindgren Text, softcover, 40 pages, richly illustrated by Stina Wirsén
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Give the children love, more love and still more love – and the common sense will come by itself.
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Pippi Longstocking “No, I don’t suffer from freckles”, said Pippi. The lady finally understood. Then she happened to glance at Pippi and exclaimed: “But, dear child, your whole face is covered in freckles!” “That’s right”, said Pippi. “But they don’t bother me. I like them! Good morning to you!” with her mismatched stockings, carrot-coloured hair and freckly face, not to mention super-human strength and resilience, Pippi Longstocking has become a cultural icon. Pippi is regularly voted as one of the world’s favourite children’s characters; self-sufficient, quick-witted, generous and never letting anything – or anyone – shake her self-belief or take advantage. No stranger to counter-culture, Pippi can be seen around the world in tattoos, celebrity photographs, works of graffiti and on catwalks as a symbol of female strength, kindness, fairness and acceptance.
All illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman for the three original chapter books – Pippi Longstocking, Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard and Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas – are now available in colour!
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• First published in 1945 • Over 60 million books sold worldwide • Translated into 77 languages • 8 films, 2 tv-series and 2 tv-movie • 2 product licensing programs available
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I love how unconsciously rebellious she is. She doesn’t care about rules, she cares about people.
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Strong voices on the strongest girl in the world.
for 75 years she has conquered the world. Entertained, surprised, questioned and provoked. Loved by children and held up as a figurehead and symbol for freedom and anti-authoritarianism, Pippi Longstocking remains as relevant now as she was when Astrid Lindgren wrote the first book about her as a world war raged. No one is unmoved by Pippi Longstocking! Pippi Perspectives is a jubilee edition where famous writers and illustrators present their image of Pippi Longstocking in words and images. Here you will find original, amusing, thoughtful texts and interviews by sharp-eyed Swedish and foreign writers, fantastic newly drawn illustrations and lots of fun facts about Pippi Longstocking.
The Pippi character can burst so many bubbles with her liberating attitude. With time I have noticed that if you need change to happen then the change needs to come from multiple directions. I want to spend my time mobilizing good forces. A children’s book character can have that force and Pippi Longstocking has it. Jan Eliasson Equality between men and women sometimes moves with very small steps, sometimes in leaps and bounds. Nonetheless, forward it moves and Pippi has had something to do with that. Björn Ulvaeus
Pippi Longstocking was my girl.
For a nice American girl from the suburbs like me – a girl who felt more like a tomboy, who didn’t understand why everyone cared so much about rules, whose instinct was to turn left when everyone else turned right – Pippi was more than a hero. She was a revelation. Meg Rosoff astrid lindgren 2020 / 11
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Pippi on the Run Jo, för nog är det lite konstigt att bo alldeles ensam i ett hus som Pippi gör. Villa Villekulla heter huset, och där bor Pippi med bara en häst som heter Lilla Gubben och en apa som heter Herr Nilsson. Ingen mamma eller pappa finns där, det låter konstigt, men så är det.
tommy and annik a are longing for adventure! So one sunny summer’s day, when they’ve had enough of weeding the strawberry field, they decide to run away! They reassure their mother by telling her that Pippi’s coming as well. The adventure starts off quite calmly, but they soon face more than they bargained for as a thunderstorm sweeps over the forest. Pippi on the Run is an exciting and unforgettable adventure featuring Pippi Longstocking and her friends. Previously published with photos from the 1970 Pippi Longstocking movie, the story about Pippi on the Run is illustrated for the first time, by Swedish comics artist Fabian Göranson.
Pippi Longstocking Shaped Board Book read and play with Pippi Longstocking in this extra large board book. The book itself is cut in the shape of Pippi Longstocking and includes fabulous original illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman.
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Pippi Longstocking’s Birthday Party
Tyvärr var Pippi inte någon vidare uthållig lärjunge. Rätt som det var kunde hon säga: ”Nej, Fridolf”, (han hette Fridolf, den där matrosen) ”nej, Fridolf, nu ger vi katten i det här, nu klättrar jag opp i masttoppen och tittar efter vad det blir för väder i morgon.” Så därför var det inte underligt att det gick trögt med skrivningen.
På den tiden, när hon seglade på havet, brukade en av matroserna på hennes pappas båt sitta med henne på akterdäcket ibland om kvällarna och försöka lära henne skriva.
pippi decides to have a birthday party! The original text by Astrid Lindgren from the chapter book, now for the first time published as a picture book, with illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman.
No, but it’s my birthday, isn’t it? That means I can give you birthday presents. p i p p i l ong s to ck i ng
anniversary exhibition 2020 “congr ats pippi!” is a print on demand exhibition to celebrate Pippi Longstocking during 2020. It tells us the whole story about the redheaded, strong and original girl who conquered the world.
• Digital package for local printing • Production to be handled by the local organizer • Easy to produce and use • Two sizes: big, for 55 m2 or small, for 28 m² or 12 m wall space • Possible to use in all kinds of venues, from small libraries to shopping malls Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
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New movies in the works STUDIOCANAL , Heyday Films
and The Astrid Lindgren Company are in early development on a film adaptation of Pippi Longstocking! The project reunites STUDIOCANAL and Heyday following their successful collaboration on Paddington 1 & 2. Nils Nyman, grandchild of Astrid Lindgren and CEO at Astrid Lindgren Film comments: “In
David Heyman, with his impressive track-record of bringing great literary works to the screen, together with STUDIOCANAL we are confident that we have found a team that can understand and appreciate the full value of Pippi Longstocking and develop films that capture both the playfulness and the gravity in my grandmother’s works.”
Pippi Longstocking – a Swashbuckling Musical adventure! the strongest girl in the world burst onto the stage in an epic musical adventure at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton, UK, in December 2019. Adapted by Mike Akers (Peter Pan) and composed by Stu Barker, whose West End and Broadway credits with Kneehigh Theatre Company include Brief Encounter and The Red Shoes, this joyful production is directed by The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton.
Pippi at the circus pop house productions and The Astrid Lindgren Company are celebrating Pippi Longstocking’s 75th anniversary in the summer of 2020 with a fun, musical circus show in collaboration with Cirkus Cirkör – PIPPI AT CIRKUS. Björn Ulvaeus is the executive producer and responsible for the show’s lyrics to previously released instrumental music by Benny Andersson among others.
Producer David Heyman expands: “I am thrilled to collaborate with The Astrid Lindgren Company and our partners at STUDIOCANAL on this film adaptation of the brilliant and timeless Pippi Longstocking. Pippi has endured and inspired families everywhere through her life force, strength of character and her irrepressible joie de vivre.”
New english language audio books
for the first time ever, three unabridged digital audio books, in new translations by Susan Beard and narrated by British-Danish writer and TV personality (and Pippi-fan) Sandi Toksvig will be available. Also, to generate awareness and to raise money for the Pippi of Today campaign, Oscarwinner Alicia Vikander, another Pippi-fan, has kindly narrated a special campaign audio book, Pippi Moves Into Villa Villekulla, the first chapter of the first Pippi Longstocking book. All earnings from this will go directly towards the campaign and will be released across all available platforms. Alicia Vikander has also lent her voice as a speaker to the official campaign film and will appear in support video messages. astrid lindgren 2020 / 15
Licensing pippi longsto cking, the strongest girl in the world, is by far the most well-known of Astrid Lindgren’s characters. The Astrid Lindgren Company has two licensing programs for Pippi Longstocking: one based on the original illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman and one based on the live-action movies. We license products in several categories – toys, plush, costumes, stationary, puzzles, apparel, accessories and porcelain. We work through licensing agents in many territories and the Nordic countries we handle directly. Who doesn’t want to bring Pippi Longstocking along everywhere?
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Mio, My Son Nine-year-old Karl Anders Nilsson, ‘Andy’, lives on Upplandsgatan in Stockholm with his foster parents. They think he’s difficult and a nuisance. Andy’s real mother died when he was born and his foster mother believes that his father was probably just a good-for-nothing. through Auntie Lundin at the fruit-sellers, a magical golden apple, and a genie in an empty bottle, Andy travels to Greenfields Island and the Farawayland. He discovers his father the King, who has been looking for him for nine years. It turns out his name isn’t Andy after all – but Mio. From Greenfields Island there’s a bridge leading to Outer land where the cruel Knight Kato resides, where almost everything is black, and where the people are starved and miserable. Mio and his friend
Pompoo accept the mission to fight against Kato. A magnificent and beautiful adventure tale about abandonment, about being little and having to shoulder great responsibility, about parenthood, good and evil, and about the power of love.
Did you listen to the radio on October 15th last year? Did you hear the news about a boy who disappeared? … He simply vanished. No one knows what happened to him. No one knows, except me.
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a new edition of Mio My Son has been given fresh illustrations by Johan Egerkrans, which are both highly evocative and wonderfully captivating. Johan Egerkrans (born 1978) had his big breakthrough with the epic Vaesen: spirits and monsters of Scandinavian folklore, and three years later also published Norse Gods. Since then Egerkrans has written and illustrated several books about dinosaurs and monsters. His work has been translated into ten different languages. The book will be published in autumn 2020.
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A fantastic collaboration that creates magic
• First published in 1954 • Over 5 million books sold worldwide • Translated into 41 languages • Product licensing program available
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Seacrow Island Summers in the Stockholm archipelago provide the backdrop for many exciting adventures; fishing net thieves, treasure hunts, distress calls at sea, seal-rescues and lots more that’s both funny and a bit scary.
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tjorven is a girl living on Seacrow Island in the Stockholm archipelago together with her dog Bosun, her parents Nisse and Marta, and her older sisters Teddy and Freddy. When summer arrives the Stockholm family Melkerson move into Mrs Sjöblom’s cottage Carpenter’s Cottage, and Tjorven gets acquainted with Pelle, a boy her own age, his older brothers Niklas and Johan, their widower dad Melker, as well as his daughter Malin, the oldest of the siblings, and something of a mum to the younger ones. When winter and Christmas come Pelle and his family return to Seacrow Island, but as summer arrives once again it seems as if the Melkerson family will lose the cottage. Luckily at the last minute Pelle and Tjorven succeed in saving it! In contrast to most of Astrid Lindgren’s films Seacrow Island is not based on a book. The script was written for the television series and only published in book form after the television series had aired. 20 / astrid lindgren 2020
• First published in 1964 • Around 3 million books sold • Translated into 22 languages • 1 tv-series, 4 films • Product licensing program available
New Seacrow Island picture books Exciting and fun picture books full of atmospheric archipelago settings! Maria Nilsson Thore is responsible for the wonderful illustrations.
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The Tomten and the Fox The Tomten and the Fox is a text that Astrid Lindgren created in the 1960s based on a poem. It is her interpretation of the Christmas poem ”Räven och tomten” by Karl-Erik Forsslund.
the story is set in the countryside, as the fox slinks towards the house where the people live. They don’t notice him tiptoeing across the yard, but the house-tomte spots the fox. The hens better watch out – it’s them that the fox is craving. But the tomte is on guard, and he pacifies the hungry fox and shares the porridge that the children have left out for him. A little bit of Christmas drama, wonderfully recreated in Eva Eriksson’s illustrations in a picture book that was released in 2017 and has since been sold to 12 countries. A pop-up version of the book was published in 2019.
• Over 100 000 copies sold • Translated into 12 languages • Product licensing program available
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following the succes s of the picture book, Astrid Lindgren Film together with acclaimed Norwegian animation studio, Qvisten Animation, have produced a short film in a high-end stop-motion format with CGI animated characters (8,36 mins). The Tomten and the Fox was premiered prime-time, Christmas Eve 2019, on Swedish and Norwegian national TV (SVT & NRK) with very high viewership and ratings. The title song is written by Joakim Berg of Swedish rock band Kent fame and performed by top musical and recording artists Peter Jöback and Moonica Mac. The score music is composed and arranged by Norwegian jazz musician Gaute Stooraas. The Tomten and the Fox will be available for other markets in 2020 and will also serve as a pilot for a possible broader TV project, including many other popular Christmas stories by Astrid Lindgren. For further information and screening copies, please contact: email@example.com
Christmas in the world of Astrid Lindgren Nobody has written about Christmas quite like Astrid Lindgren! Her imagery of suspense, excitement, joy and beauty evokes the Christmas spirit in all of us.
Pippi Longstocking’s After-Christmas-Party
The Runaway Sleigh Ride
Lotta’s Christmas Surprise
there is a part y at Pippi’s house and Tommy, Annika and all the other children are invited! Illustrated by Ingrid Vang Nyman.
caught up in the excitement of the Christmas holiday season, Mardies little sister Lisbet takes a dare to hitch a free sleigh ride and embarks on a wild adventure deep in the winter forest. Illustrated by Ilon Wikland.
lot ta finds a Christmas tree for her family after all the trees in their town have been sold. Illustrated by Ilon Wikland.
Christmas in Noisy Village
A Calf for Christmas
johan's family’s only cow has died, and they have no money to buy another. Then he finds a calf in the snow. Perhaps it'll be a happy Christmas after all? Illustrated by Marit Törnqvist.
follow the tomten through one chilly night as he guards the farm and keeps everyone safe, even while they sleep. The 2012 edition of the book was illustrated by ALMA Laurate Kitty Crowther.
iIt’s a pit y Christmas doesn’t come more often! A classic picture book about the Noisy Village children, illustrated by Ilon Wikland.
Brenda Brave Helps Grandmother
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a week before Christmas, Grandmother slips and injures her leg. Brenda takes care of her and saves her business – selling peppermint sticks from a stall in the town square! Illustrated by Ilon Wikland.
an illustr ated collection of Christmas stories.
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Emmy awarded TV-series, now sold to over 35 countries!
Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter The night Ronja is born a thunder storm rages. Lightning strikes the Robbers’ fortress and cleaves it in two. Ronja’s life begins on an extraordinary night, and she grows up to become an equally extraordinary girl. a girl who’s the apple of her father’s eye, but who also challenges him, and a girl who chooses friendship over family rivalry. Ronja explores the deep forests, lakes, mountains, and forest glades. She’s drawn to wilderness and adventure. Living in harmony with animals and nature, she seldom has reason to be frightened. Ronja is compassionate, just, and brave – if something isn’t right she’ll speak up – even if it leads to conflict with those closest around her.
• First published in 1981 • Over 11 million books sold worldwide • Translated into 45 languages • 1 film, 1 tv-series • Product licensing program available
Katsuya Kondo’s soft sketches are interwoven with this bold, invigorating story …
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discover the original novel, now with hand drawn illustrations by the artist Katsuya Kondo based on the TV-series, now sold to 15 countries including UK, France, China and Italy. There is also a series of 4 comic books illustrated with screen images. the emmy-awarded TV-series Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter (Goro Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli) has now successfully been sold to over 35 countries!
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The Brothers Lionheart
The Brothers Lionheart is a tale of love strong enough to conquer death – not just once, but twice. After brothers Jonathan and Crusty pass away they meet again in Nangijala, the land of eternal spring. Casting a long shadow over their world is the evil tyrant Tengil, ruler of the country Karmanjaka, where he’s building his new fort ress up in the The Ancient Mountains.
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jonathan and crust y’s narrative is a story of love that’s both timeless and deeply touching. It’s a tale about the battle between good and evil, between fear and courage, about a struggle for freedom – and about death. When the book was originally published it created quite a stir, with people asking whether it was really suitable to write about death for children. However, Astrid Lindgren received such an enormous amount of letters from young people, who felt comforted by the story, and who wondered what happened to Jonathan and Crusty as they crossed over to the land of Nangilima, that she actually decided to write a letter where she recounted exactly what the brothers did next … jesper waldersten gives the brothers lionheart a new guise As director Tomas Alfredson embarked on planning a new film version of The Brothers Lionheart he and artist Jesper Waldersten began a unique collaboration. Their shared goal to create a new imagery for Astrid Lindgren’s story has resulted in two fantastic new editions of the book.
• First published in 1973 • Over 8 Million books sold worldwide • Translated into 50 languages • Product licensing program available Rabén & Sjögren
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Original illustrations now in colour!
Emil in Lönneberga Even if five-year-old Emil looks angelic, everybody knows he’s wild and stubborn, and gets up to more mischief than there are days in the year. He’s a clever and curious scatterbrain with an amazing gift for turning his God-fearing and respectable community, in the county of Småland, upside down. emil’s mischiefs are always hilarious and never mean. His wild ideas generally stem from his kind and caring personality. He can’t stand to see others suffer and will do anything to help … He has only good intentions, but acts of his own accord without due regard for social hierarchy or grown-up authority. He’s a streetwise farm-boy, and, unlike the people of Lönneberga, the reader is aware that one day he will make a success out of his life and shine in the role of Chairman of the local government.
• First published in 1963 • Over 23 million books sold worldwide • Translated into 50 languages • 4 films • Product licensing program available
Emil's Winter Mischiefs three of astrid lindgren’s classic tales about Emil in Lönneberga in this new, wintry collection! Björn Berg’s illustrations have been beautifully restored and coloured by Matilda Ruta. All illustrations by Björn Berg for the three original chapter books – Emil and the Great Escape, Emil and the Sneaky Rat and Emil's Clever Pig – are now available in colour!
‘S’not something you plan, mischief, it just happens. And knowing it’s mischief, well you don’t until it’s happened.
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Lotta on Troublemaker Street Lotta and her family live in a yellow house on Potmaker Street. But their Dad says that even if pot-makers lived there in the past only troublemakers live there now. lot ta grows up in a small idyllic middle-class town during the 1950s. The three siblings have fun almost all the time, despite the youngest, Lotta, being as stubborn as an old mule according to Dad. Lotta has so very many ideas and she’s pretty sure that she knows how to do most
things in the world. Like any 4–5 year old she’s headstrong, often cross, fearless, sure of herself and cheeky. But most of all she’s a happy kid. Kind, generous and resourceful – and more often than not it’s her who solves all her family’s troubles.
Rabén & Sjögren, illustrations by Ilon Wikland
Mondadori, illustrations by Beatrice Alemagna
• First published in 1958 • Around 8 million books sold • Translated into 35 languages • Product licensing program available
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Seven-year-old Mardie (Madicken) lives with her family; her Mum, Dad, little sister Lisbet and their housemaid Alva, in a big, beautiful house called ‘Junedale’, in a Swedish provincial town during the First World War.
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mardie wants to be a good and well-mannered girl, but it isn’t always easy. The world is just so full of exciting things to do, try and explore. The books about Mardie are Astrid Lindgren’s most political work. They tell the story of a class system in change, through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl.
• First published in 1960 • Around 8 million books sold • Translated into 30 languages • Product licensing program available
Karlsson on the Roof © I LO N W I K L A N D
In a perfectly ordinary building, on a perfectly ordinary street in town lives Smidge. Up on the roof, in a small house behind the big chimney, resides a gentleman by the name of Karlsson. He is, in his own words, a handsome, thoroughly clever, perfectly plump man in his prime. Attached to his back he has a small propeller with which he can fly … He decides to come in to land at Smidge’s. And from then on nothing is the same.
• First published in 1955 • Over 7 million books sold • Translated into 41 languages
k arls son does whatever k arls son wants – eats all the sweets by himself, always chooses the largest slice of cake and enjoys trickelytricking and tirritating people. He’s convinced that he’s best at everything and is not shy to tell everyone so. He loves getting presents and getting up to all sorts of shenanigans – and if some thing breaks or disappears, well then they’re just material things and are nothing to be sour about anyway. Smidge loves Karlsson but Mum, Dad and the older siblings insist he’s make-believe. “They can be make-believe themselves!”, Karlsson snorts.
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The Children of Noisy Village © I LO N W I K L A N D
Through the eyes of nine-year-old farmer’s daughter Lisa the reader observes life in a small countryside village during the beginning of the previous century – a life in harmony with nature and its seasons. Six children live there, Lisa, Lasse, Bosse, Britta, Anna and Olle. They have fun almost all the time. “I feel sorry for all children who don’t live in Noisy Village”, says Anna.
Night Has Come
a song by astrid lindgren that first appeared in the film about The Children of Noisy Village has now been transformed into a bedtime story alongside wonderful illustrations by Marit Törnqvist.
• First published in 1946 • Around 17 million books sold • Translated into 40 languages
Rasmus and the Vagabond Rasmus is an orphan living in a children’s home. Strict discipline reigns under the watchful eye of the severe Ms Hawk. r asmus finally decides to take matters into his own hands. He runs away to try and find a mum and dad by himself. Things don’t quite turn out the way Rasmus planned. At least he 30 / astrid lindgren 2020
meets Paradise Oscar, who calls himself ‘God’s own cuckoo’ and is a hobo. And everything’s pretty good. So much happens when you’re a hobo walking the land …
• First published in 1956 • Around 2 million books sold • Translated into 31 languages
Kalle Blomkvist – Master Detective The three thirteen-year old friends Kalle, Anders and Eva-Lotta are somewhat bored in their sleepy town of Lillköping. They call themselves the ‘White Roses’, and are in a never-ending battle for a strangely shaped stone dubbed The Great Stonytotem with the ‘Red Roses’ – Sixten, Benka and Jonte. k alle blomk vist is a young amateur detective who likes to compare himself to slightly more famous detectives such as Hercule Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey. He enjoys lying beneath the pear-tree in the garden imagining himself presenting lectures in criminology to a fictitious but admiring audience. During the summer months it so happens that he, together with his friends, discover strange events taking place beneath the surface of life in their idyllic small town. The hunt for the criminals always ends well but once in a while it gets seriously scary. The big world, with all its gangsters, is perhaps sometimes too dangerous for a teenage master detective.
Oxford University Press
• First published in 1946 • Around 6 million books sold • Translated into 34 languages
Short stories © T H E A ST R I D L I N D G R E N CO M PA N Y I L LU ST R AT E D B Y I N G R I D VA N G N Y M A N
Astrid Lindgren wrote three short story collections, in which she explores one of her central themes: child ren’s endless ability to cope with loneliness, illness, death and poverty through imagination. Several of the stories have been adapted into picture book and films.
• Nils Karlsson-Pyssling (1949) • Kajsa Kavat (1950) • Sunnanäng (1959)
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Astrid Lindgren Text Astrid Lindgren Text is our own publishing company that publishes books and texts by and about Astrid Lindgren that are not children’s books.
Astrid and I by Kerstin Kvint
kerstin k vint was only sixteen when, in 1952, she walked through the doors of Rabén & Sjögren on Tegnergatan 28 in Stockholm. She began as an ‘office girl’ but soon advanced to become the executive secretary and was later responsible for foreign rights, for example, selling Astrid Lindgren’s books with great success. Later, when
in her old age Astrid no longer had the energy to answer all her correspondence herself, Kerstin stepped in as her personal secretary. Using numerous memories, private photos as well as quotes by Astrid she here describes travels, encounters with authors and publishing friends, and much more.
War Diaries 1939–1945 by Astrid Lindgren
new softcover edition for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Rights sold to 21 countries!
The Unknown Astrid Lindgren by Kjell Bohlund
astrid Lind gren divided her time between being a writer and a publisher – she wrote her own books before lunch and worked at the publishing company Rabén & Sjögren in the afternoon. She was the publisher and editor of many of the very best Swedish children’s authors.
Her double roles weren’t always uncomplicated. Even if she wasn’t criticised openly, she had to endure suspicion and jealousy. But she conquered it all and when she retired in 1970 she was both appreciated and admired as few people had been before her.
I Have Lived Too! An intellectual and political friend ship in post-war Europe. Jens Andersen, the author of the acclaimed biography, Astrid Lindgren – The Woman Behind Pippi Longstocking,
has together with Jette Glargaard assembled the substantial selection of 600 letters by Astrid Lindgren and Louise Hartung.
P H OTO : A ST R I D L I N D G R E N ’ S WO R L D
Places to visit
Over 500 000 visitors in 2019
Astrid Lindgren’s World this is a place where Astrid Lindgren’s stories come to life! It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sweden, located in Astrid’s hometown of Vimmerby, Småland. In Astrid Lindgren’s World you and your family become part of the classic children’s stories, and the line between story and reality, and between theatre and play, becomes blurred. The park is full of imaginative play areas, and music and singing can be heard from the many stages throughout the day. In 2020, the Pippi Longstocking area will re-open, with a brand new Villa Villekulla.
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P H OTO : A ST R I D L I N D G R E N ’ S N Ä S
The farmhouse Näs where Astrid Lindgren was born.
Astrid Lindgren’s Näs cultur al centre näs includes Astrid Lindgren’s birthplace and childhood home, which is open for visitors, and a pavilion which contains an extensive exhibition about the author. In the old rectory, you can discover temporary exhibitions every summer. Around Astrid Lindgren’s Näs, three “chapters”, areas, of gardens have developed. The green settings have grown out of themes that were important to Astrid Lindgren throughout her authorship, such as freedom, courage, melancholy and joy.
Astrid Lindgren’s home
dalagatan 46 in Stockholm is where the world-famous author lived and worked from 1941 until her death in 2002. This is where timeless classic stories but also countless letters and articles were written. The apartment remains exactly as it was when she was alive. Since November 2015 the apartment is open to the public through pre-booked guided tours.
Filmbyn (Film Village)
a children’s cultur al centre with books at its heart. In the exhibition you’ll find the Storybook Train, a journey with a small train through some of Astrid Lindgren’s stories. Junibacken opened in 1996 and is situated on Djurgården, an island in Stockholm owned by the royal family.
a place where you can experience scenes from classical Astrid Lindgren films. You’ll see classical film clips, original props and get to sing along with movie music. Nearby, you’ll find some of the filming locations, such as Emil’s Katthult and Bullerbyn (Noisy Village).
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Bibliography The original chapter books
original title engl ish transl ation Britt-Mari lättar sitt hjärta 1944 The Confidences of Britt-Mari Kerstin och jag 1945 Kerstin and I Pippi Långstrump 1945 Pippi Longstocking Pippi Långstrump går ombord 1946 Pippi Goes Aboard Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist 1946 Kalle Blomkvist, Master Detective Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn 1947 The Children of Noisy Village Pippi Långstrump i Söderhavet 1948 Pippi in the South Seas Mera om oss barn i Bullerbyn 1949 Happy Times in Noisy Village Nils Karlsson-Pyssling 1949 Nils Karlsson-Pyssling Kajsa Kavat 1950 Brenda Brave Kati i Amerika 1950 Kati in America Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist lever farligt 1951 Kalle Blomkvist Lives Dangerously Bara roligt i Bullerbyn 1952 Nothing But Fun in Noisy Village Kati i Italien 1952 Kati in Italy Kalle Blomkvist och Rasmus 1953 Kalle Blomkvist and the White Rose Rescue Mio, min Mio 1954 Mio, My Son Kati i Paris 1954 Kati in Paris Lillebror och Karlsson på taket 1955 Karlsson on the Roof Rasmus på luffen 1956 Rasmus and the Vagabond Rasmus, Pontus och Toker 1957 Rasmus, Pontus and Toker Barnen på Bråkmakargatan 1958 The Children on Troublemaker Street Sunnanäng 1959 Sunnanäng Madicken 1960 Mardie Lotta på Bråkmakargatan 1961 Lotta on Troublemaker Street Karlsson på taket flyger igen 1962 Karlsson Flies Again Emil i Lönneberga 1963 Emil and the Great Escape Vi på Saltkråkan 1964 Seacrow Island Nya hyss av Emil i Lönneberga 1966 Emil and the Sneaky Rat Karlsson på taket smyger igen 1968 The World's Best Karlsson Än lever Emil i Lönneberga 1970 Emil’s Clever Pig Bröderna Lejonhjärta 1973 The Brothers Lionheart Samuel August från Sevedstorp Samuel August from Sevedstorp and Hanna och Hanna i Hult 1973 from Hult Madicken och Junibackens Pims 1976 Mardie to the Rescue Ronja Rövardotter 1981 Ronja, the Robber's Daughter
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the astrid lindgren company, formerly Saltkråkan AB, owns the rights for all books and texts by Astrid Lindgren, Astrid Lindgren’s part of the copyright relating to all films and plays based on her works, all illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman and many trademarks relating to Astrid Lindgren’s texts, characters and environments. Simply put, you could say that our job is to promote and protect the Astrid Lindgren trademark all over the world. By that, we mean that we want to ensure that as many children as possible, also in the future, will have the opportunity to read her books, see her films and plays, hear her songs, play with her characters and experience her world in the best way possible. Our activities are built on a true love of Astrid Lindgren and her works and our desire is that future developments take place in a way that guards and protects the originality and feel of Astrid Lindgren’s work.
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