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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 Clever Pig
by Astrid Lindgren
Age Range: 6-8
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. The prestigious international Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is named after her. Oxford University Press are reissuing Lindgren’s books so that a whole new generation of children can enjoy the exploits of such well-known characters as Pippi Longstocking, Emil, Karlson and Lotta.
Another delightful and hilarious collection of stories about Emil. His amazing escapades continue and there is no end to his enterprise and initiative, especially where making pocket money is concerned and this he often uses to do good deeds. When he nurses a little piglet back to health and wants to keep it, he buys his father another pig for the festive dinner. When he saves the life of Alfred the farmhand he is the local hero. But his exploits continue to drive his poor father to the end of his tether, and his attempts to try to put things right often end with comical results.
Written between 1966 and 1970 these titles have been reissued with delightful black-and-white illustrations by award-winning illustrator Tony Ross. Fans of Francesca Simon’s ‘Horrid Henry’ will love the scrapes that Emil gets into. His adventures never stop and are always going wrong, but he doesn’t mean to be bad, it’s just that trouble follows him wherever he goes. The short, complete stories are perfect for reading aloud or alone.