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The Unknown Astrid Lindgren

Pippi celebra 75 year ting s in 202 0!

– her years as publisher and boss

Seacrow Island – new picture book

Emil in Lönneberga

Over 165 million books sold worldwide!

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– original illustrations now in colour

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We believe in the power of imagination Yes, I believe that the central meaning of life is love. Where there is love, there isn’t violence, or abuse of power, or oppression. Probably from the beginning the meaning of life was to live in love and harmony with our fellow humans, and in harmony with nature; that great liberating and healing power that we have been given.

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here at the astrid lind gren company we are convinced that there are more things keeping people together than there are keeping them apart. Through Astrid’s body of work we want to spread her humanistic values across the world and into the future. These are bold claims, but we, just like Astrid Lindgren did, believe in the power of the magical imagination to actually change the world. To The Astrid Lindgren Company it is important to carry on Astrid Lindgren’s commitment to work for a better world. During 2019 we will come together in anticipation for the Pippi Jubilee in 2020. Through our collaboration with Save the Children we want to help the most vulne­rable children in the world today. You

can read more about this campaign further on in the catalogue. I want to finish with a quote from Michelle Obama, one of the str­ong women who today upholds Astrid Lindgren’s legacy: “Pippi Longstocking was my girl. I loved her strength — not just her physical power, but the idea that she wouldn’t allow her voice to be diminished by anyone. She’s independent, clever and adventurous — and she’s clearly a good person, someone who always does right by her friends. What I loved most was that she was a girl, and she was a little different, and she was still the most powerful character in those books.” olle nym a n, CEO of The Astrid Lindgren Company and Grandson of Astrid Lindgren


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Astrid Lindgren  / 4 Astrid Lindgren Licensing Program  / 5 Astrid Lindgren Text  / 6 Pippi Longstocking  / 8 Ronja, the Robbers’s Daughter  / 16 Brothers Lionheart  / 17 Mio, My Son  / 18 Seacrow Island  / 19 Lotta on Troublemaker Street  / 20 The Children of Noisy Village  / 21 Emil in Lönneberga  / 22 Mardie  / 24  Karlson on the Roof  / 26 Rasmus and the Vagabond  / 27 Short stories  / 27 The Tomten and the Fox  / 28 Kalle Blomkvist – Master Detective  / 31 Step right into Astrid Lindgren’s stories  / 33 Bibliography  / 35 The Astrid Lindgren Company  / 36

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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, sold over 165 million copies, and are delighting children and adults all over the world.

I want to write for a readership that can create miracles. Children create miracles when they read.

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Over 165 million books sold worldwide!

h e r b r e a k t r ou g h 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 and 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 treat­ ment 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 role-­ model for people the world over. Astrid Lindgren died in 2002, at the age of 94.

The prize sum of five million SEK awarded annually makes Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award the world’s biggest children’s and youth literature prize. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council.

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 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 and quotes, and is available in the stationary, apparel and home deco categories.

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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.

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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 was published, including Astrid Lindgren’s poem If I Were God, a new preface by by Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral on Violence against Children and a new afterword by Swedish diplomat Thomas Hammarberg. Softcover, 40 pages, richly illustrated by Stina Wirsén

Give the children love, more love and still more love – and the common sense will come by itself.

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The Unknown Astrid Lindgren for t went y-four years Astrid Lindgren was the head of children’s literature at Rabén & Sjögren. When she started in 1946 Rabén & Sjögren was just a small publisher, on the brink of bankruptcy. Only a few years later it was the leading publisher of children’s literature in the Nordic region. She was the first editor who specialised in children’s literature and she became one of the most accomplished publishers in the history of Swedish publishing. Astrid Lindgren divided her time between being a writer and a publisher – she wrote her own books before lunch and worked at the publishing company in the afternoon. 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. By Kjell Bohlund Hardback, 228 pages, illustrated with photos

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I Have Lived Too!

An intellectual and political friendship in post-war Europe jens andersen, the author of the acclaimed Astrid Lindgren 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. Hardback, 558 pages, illustrated with photos

A charming book … Impossible to put down.

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A Love Story “Now I want to tell you a love story, not one I have read or made up, but one I have heard. Many, many times. It contains more love than any I have read about in books, and to me it is touching and beautiful. But perhaps that’s because it is about two people who happen to be my parents.”

the tenant farmer Samuel August Ericsson and Hanna Jonsson married in 1905 and established their new family at the farm Näs outside the small town Vimmerby in the south of Sweden. During all their life, Samuel August and Hanna loved each other dearly. This book is Astrid Lindgren’s personal tribute to them and to love. Softcover, 78 pages, illustrated with photos and facsimiles

War Diaries 1939–1945 Astrid Lindgren’s Diaries written during the Second World War tr anslation rights sold to 20 countries: Germany, The Netherlands, UK, US, Poland, China, Japan, Denmark, Finland, Norway, among others.

Astrid Lindgren’s second world war diaries make for crisp, painful reading.

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Hardback, 368 pages, illustrated with photos and facsimiles

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Pippi Longstocking


Over 60 million books sold worldwide!

“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, resilience, kindness, fairness and acceptance. 8  /  astrid lindgren 2019

First published in 1945 Over 60 Million books sold worldwide Translated into 76 languages 8 films, 2 tv-series and 2 tv-movies Product licensing program available

What can Pippi do to help? What if we could use Pippi to help girls in need? We have a big bold ambition … More than 70 years ago, Pippi Longstocking was on the run. She sailed across the South Pacific and came alone to a new city. Today, many of the world's strongest girls are refugee children. Some are forced to sail across oceans and not only move to new cities but do it also to new countries. And each of them deserves the chance to take charge of their own story. By joining forces with the strongest, most famous girl in the world they can be empowered to do it. The first book about Pippi was released in 1945, right after the

end of World War II with millions of children affected. It’s against this backdrop that Astrid Lindgren created Pippi – an extraordinary girl to overcome extraordinary circumstances. Today 68,5 million people are forcibly displaced – more than during World War II. More than half of the worlds’ refugees are children. 138,700 refugee children are unaccompanied or separated from their parents. Women and girls are disproportionately affected, yet only 4% of projects in UN inter-agency appeals were targeted at them in 2014.

These are girls who just like Pippi carry heavy baggage. But even so, their suitcases are full of gold. Maybe not in coins – but gold in the form of courage, experience and strength. Girls who can teach us a new way of looking at the world and inspire children in similar situations by telling their stories. The world's strongest girls of today, that in 75 years, might be future generations' major role models. Refugee girls are the Pippis of today.


Together with our partners around the world the Astrid Lindgren Company will join hands with Save the Children to raise awareness and resources in order to do what we can to help. The campaign will be launched in 2020 to celebrate Pippi Longstocking’s 75th anniversary. The campaign will, just like Pippi, take up space and is offering space for girls that today have none.

I’d like to see someone try to stop me!

Anniversary exhibition 2020 “Congrats Pippi!” is a print on demand exhibition to celebrate Pippi Longstocking during 2020. just in time for the jubilee there is now an exhibition about how Pippi Longstocking came to be and about her triumphant march across the world. Here stories are told of critics up in arms, sell-out successes, about a new attitude when it came to children and parenting, about girl power and a fast-changing world. Today the Pippi Longstocking books have been translated into 76 languages and have sold in staggering numbers. Theatre plays, films and music have been made about Pippi. And she has become a symbol for independence and anti-authoritarian ideals, way beyond the world of children’s literature. “Congrats Pippi!” 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

Pippi Longstocking’s YouTube Channel the astrid lind gren company have launched an official Pippi YouTube channel! Videos include clips from the films, sing-along videos and painting videos.

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Pippi turns 75! Several new titles and formats are lined up for publishing in 2020

new format with brand new illustrations in full colour, Ingrid Vang Nyman style, by comics artist Fabian Göranson. Approx. 100 pages, Pippi on the Run is based on Astrid Lindgren’s script from the classic 1971 film.


pippi Perspectives, a non-fiction coffee table book for Pippi fans – about Pippi as a timeless iconic character, symbol and influencer. It’s an anthology richly illustrated with full colour illu­ strations and photos, quotes and lots of fun facts. The contributors include Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA, visual artist Pipilotti Rist, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson, writer Meg Rosoff and Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander, among many others.


new picture book: Pippi Longstocking’s Birthday Party, illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman.

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Licensing Programs 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. Who doesn’t want to bring Pippi Longstocking along everywhere?


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Aha, said Pippi. This must be my lucky day. I like


policemen more than anything. After rhubarb crumble.

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Emmy awarded TV-series, now sold to over 30 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’s mother is a wise and strong woman who entrusts her daughter with the freedom to figure out her own morals and sense of right and wrong. 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

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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, and 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 30 countries!

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 fortress up in the The Ancient Mountains.


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 Tomas Alfredson embarked on planning the 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 and a licensing program for stationary, apparel and accessories.

First published in 1973 Over 8 Million books sold worldwide Translated into 50 languages Product licensing program available

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Mio, My Son Nine-year-old Karl Anders Nilsson, ‘Andy’, lives on Upplandsgatan in Stockholm with his foster parents Auntie Hulda and Uncle Olaf. They think he’s difficult and a nuisance. Andy wishes he had a father just like his friend Ben’s, who builds model airplanes with him. Andy’s real mother died when he was born and his foster mother believes that his father was probably just a good-for-nothing. 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 and liberate Outer land. 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.

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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. Down by the seashore Andy 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,

Translated into 41 languages

It’s probably rare for genies to be in bottles from Stockholm Breweries. But here was one, in any case. 18  /  astrid lindgren 2019

First published in 1954 Over 5 million books sold worldwide Translated into 41 languages


Seacrow Island

New picture book!

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.

A Small Pet For Pelle the launch of the new Seacrow Island! Seacrow Island is back in a fresh, new version! Here is the first picture book about Tjorven, Pelle, Uncle Melker and all the rest. Isn’t it unfair that Tjorven gets to have her very own pet with Bosun? Pelle also wants an animal to take care of! On the island of ‘Lillasken’ there are rabbits for sale. Tjorven and Pelle row over to the island and absolutely thrilled Pelle chooses a spotty rabbit. But, when they set out to row back there is suddenly thunder and the children end up in trouble. An exciting and fun picture book full of atmospheric archipelago settings. Astrid Lindgren is in brilliant story-­ telling form and Maria Nilsson Thore is responsible for the wonderful illustrations.

First published in 1964 Around 3 million books sold Translated into 22 languages 1 tv-series, 4 films Product licensing program available

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 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. Seacrow Island was a very popular Swedish television series written by Astrid Lindgren. It was published in book form after the television series had aired. astrid lindgren 2019  /  19

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 their youngest sister 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.

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First published in 1958 Around 8 million books sold Translated into 35 languages Product licensing program available

The Children of Noisy Village 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.

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the six boys and girls are inseparable – they do practically everything together. Every morning they walk to school and help out with all kinds of chores on the farms. Whatever the chore is they turn it into a game and an adventure. To the urban children of our time their lives must seem like a dream: imagine taking care of your very own lamb, sleeping up on the hayloft, or catching crayfish in the little lake!

First published in 1946 Around 17 million books sold Translated into 40 languages

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. Marit and Astrid worked closely together during the 1990s, collaborating on several picture books.

Having first become friends in Marit’s childhood, they remained in close contact until Astrid’s death in 2002. They shared a love for the landscape of Småland, where they spent childhood summers (albeit sixty years apart), and this strongly influences Marit’s illustrations for Astrid’s writing. astrid lindgren 2019  /  21

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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.

‘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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First published in 1963 Over 23 million books sold worldwide Translated into 50 languages 4 films Product licensing program available

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Seven-year-old Mardie 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. 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. mardie is fearles s and she often ends up in somewhat sticky situations that she has to use all her wits to get out of. She climbs trees, flies aeroplanes and jumps off roofs. But more than anything Mardie is sensitive and has a big heart. From her privileged position she observes the world and notices all the suffering and injustices. She has an endless capacity for empathy and kindness. In that regard she practises what her Dad, the radical newspaper editor, writes about in his paper – solidarity with the poor and vulnerable. 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.

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First published in 1960 Around 8 million books sold Translated into 30 languages Product licensing program available

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And so I write the way I myself would like the book to be – if I were a child. I write for the child within me. astrid lindgren

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Karlson on the Roof

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 Karlson. 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. k arlson d oes whatever k arlson 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 something breaks or disappears, well then they’re just material things and are nothing to be sour about anyway. Smidge loves Karlson but Mum, Dad and the older siblings insist he’s make-­ believe. “They can be make-believe themselves!”, Karlson snorts.

It has to be fun, otherwise I won’t come!

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First published in 1955 Over 7 million books sold Translated into 41 languages

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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. also living at the orphanage is his best friend Gunnar. But what Rasmus dreams of most of all, is having his own parents. Sometimes childless couples come the home in order to adopt a child, but they always choose girls with long curly hair, so if you’re an orphanage-boy with straight hair you might as well be dead, Rasmus thinks. Rasmus finally decides to take matters into his own hands. He runs away to try and find a mum and dad by himself. Rasmus figures that if they haven’t got

anyone else to choose from, well then they have to pick me. Things don’t quite turn out the way Rasmus planned. At least he 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

Short stories

Astrid Lindgren wrote three short story collections, in which she explores one of her central themes: children’s endless ability to cope with loneliness, illness, death and poverty through imagination. Several of the stories have been adapted into picture books and films.

Nils Karlsson-Pyssling (1949) Kajsa Kavat (1950) Sunnanäng (1959)

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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 The Tomten and the Fox (Räven och tomten) by Karl-Erik Forsslund.

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Sold to 12 countries! Short film in production!

the story is set in the country­s ide, 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, that spreads some magical Christmas atmosphere. 28  /  astrid lindgren 2019

This edition first published in 2017 95 000 copies sold Translated into 12 languages Product licensing program available Short film in production, to be released Christmas 2019 Pop-up format in development for Christmas 2019

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I know what the meaning of life isn’t. Collecting money and things and stuff, living a celebrity lifestyle, smiling on the pages of celebrity gossip magazines, to be so afraid of loneliness and silence that you never have a quiet, peaceful moment to consider: What am I doing with my short time here on earth? astrid lindgren

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Mesterdetektiven Blomkvist







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.

First published in 1946 Around 6 million books sold Translated into 34 languages

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Step right into Astrid Lindgren’s stories

Astrid Lindgren’s Näs, museum and cultural centre, and Astrid Lindgren’s World, theatre park, are two of the main attractions in Astrid Lindgren’s hometown of Vimmerby.

Astrid Lindgren’s World Where stories come to life.

astrid lind gren’s world 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, with about 500 000 visitors every year. 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. The latest addition to the park is the Brothers Lionheart area where you can visit Nangiala: Cherry Vale, Wildrose Vale and, up in the mountains, the ancient, terrifying monster Katla.

Astrid Lindgren’s Näs Astrid Lindgren’s birthplace.

astrid lind gren’s 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 gardens at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs are open gardens – places of culture, conversation, fun, debate, play, seriousness and humour. The green settings have grown out of themes that were important to Astrid Lindgren throughout her authorship, such as freedom, courage, melancholy and joy.

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A children’s cultural 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’s stories. Junibacken opened in 1996 and is situated on Djurgården, an island in Stockholm owned by the royal family.

Filmbyn (Film Village) A place where you can experience scenes. step into the world of film via a magical exhibition, created in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren. 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 Katthult and Bullerby.

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Astrid Lindgren’s home Visit Astrid Lindgren’s apartment.

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.

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 Blomqvist, 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 Kajsa Kavat Kati i Amerika 1950 Kati in America Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist lever farligt 1951 Kalle Blomqvist 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 Blomqvist 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 Karlson 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 Karlson 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 Karlson 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 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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