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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)
Pippi Longstocking and The Snirkle Hunt
by Astrid Lindgren
Age Range: 6-8
What on earth is a snirkle? Pippi can’t believe it, she’s just made up a brand new word. The trouble is, that she doesn’t know what a ‘snirkle’ is or what it means. Perhaps it’s something tasty to eat or maybe something you can use to fight lions or even a new illness. Pippi sets out to find out along with her two friends Annette and Tommy.
Swedish author Astrid Lindgren wrote the first Pippi story in 1945. Since then generations of children have fallen in love with Pippi Longstocking and will continue to do so as the stories about Pippi are timeless. Lindgren once commented, "I write to amuse the child within me, and can only hope that other children may have some fun that way, too.”
The delightful classic pen and ink line drawings by Ingrid Vang Nyman, the original illustrator of the Pippi stories, are full of technical precision. The distinctive colours –red, black and grey together with the detail enhance the story and help to set the scene. Vang Nyman was familiar with the latest printing techniques and used to separate the colours herself to achieve the desired result. Pippi Longstocking and the Snirkle Hunt, translated by Susan Beard, is one of Pippi’s adventures from Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas. This new edition celebrates 75 years of ‘the strongest girl in the world’ and is a perfect introduction to Pippi for a younger audience.