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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Emil's Little Sister
by Astrid Lindgren
Age Range: 6-8
Emil and his little sister Ida live at Katthult farm in Lönneberga in Småland, Sweden. Emil is the naughtiest little boy always getting up to mischief. As a punishment his father shuts him in the woodshed believing this will stop Emil being naughty, but he loves being in the woodshed and spends his time carving wooden dolls. Sometimes Ida comes to let him out; she likes being in the woodshed and thinks it would be fun to be shut up in there too. She will need to naughty. “I’ll try to think up something” she says to Emil. “You don’t have to think up how to misbehave,” says Emil. “It just happens, and it’s not until later that you know it was mischief.” Ida goes in search of trouble but has a hard time finding it. And even when something is her fault, she doesn’t get blamed!
The critically acclaimed Swedish author Astrid Lindgren was a prolific writer during her lifetime. Her books are now regarded as classics and many have been translated into English. Fans of the ‘Emil’ books will enjoy this one although the story is for a slightly younger audience, perfect for reading aloud and for a bedtime story (as it’s only 60 pages). The humorous tone of the narrative will definitely appeal to young readers.
Björg Berg’s colour, comic-style artwork is distinctive and extraordinary. The characters are full of movement and expression that seem to jump out of each page.