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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)
Karlsson on the Roof
by Astrid Lindgren
Age Range: 6-8
When Karlson whizzes into Smidge’s life, he causes mayhem in the very ordinary Stevenson household. But there is nothing ordinary about Karlson. In fact he is the world’s greatest at everything and anything. He not only lives in a tiny house on the roof but he has a propeller fixed to his back and can fly anywhere, preferably in and out of people’s open windows. He zooms through Smidge’s window one day and the fun begins. From frightening off burglars by dressing up as a ghost, saving an innocent man from thugs, to flying with Smidge to his house on the roof where they clamber over the roof tops, much to everyone’s consternation.
Another wonderful tale by Astrid Lindgren that captures the imagination. Karlsson On the Roof was published in 2008 with illustrations by Tony Ross. This new edition has charming illustrations by Mini Grey.