Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Pippi Longstocking #SocialSummer

16 August 2016

Pippi Longstocking #SocialSummer

When I was 5 years old, I spent the night at my best friend's house. Her parents decided to rent the movie Pippi Longstocking. I remember enjoying the movie and also thinking, "Pippi is very silly." I saw the movie at the library a few months ago and wanted to borrow it, but before borrowing it, I wanted to make sure that I read the book.

Since reading Pippi Longstocking to my daughter last month, I now think Pippi as a cross between Amelia Bedelia, Anne Shirley (from Anne of Green Gables), and Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes). She's hilarious. There were at least a handful of times I ended up in tears because I was laughing so hard. Charis had to ask me, "Should I get daddy? He won't laugh as much."

Who is Pippi? She's a girl who lives all by herself in Villa Villekulla. Her "mother is an angel", and her "pappa is king of the natives". She meets her next door neighbors (two children-Tommy and Annika). Together, these three, along with Mr. Nilsson, the monkey, go on many adventures, including fighting with the police, organizing on an expedition, going to the circus, and rescuing a boy from a fire.

The Pippi Longstocking book I read is illustrated by Lauren Child. I immediately recognized her illustrations as Charlie and Lola. Lauren's illustrations are whimsical. Most of the time, the writing in the book is normal (from left to right), but every so often, in order to add to the story, Lauren bolded a word (for example plutification) or made a sentence backwards.

For those wondering, I did borrow the movie from the library and shook my head wondering, "How did I like this movie? It's horribly dubbed."

What is one book you've been meaning to read? This post was written as one of the prompts for the summer blogging challenge by social insiders


  1. Oh this brings back memories! I remember summers sitting under the tree in our backyard reading this book. She always seemed so brave and had such an exciting life. Totally forgot all about this book..will have to introduce it to my daughters :)

  2. Fun post! Lots of memories!

  3. Do you think my oldest (4) could enjoy it if I read it to her?

    Lauren, RunHoly.com

    1. Possibly. My daughter was 5 years 11 months old when I read it to her. (Now, she's 6 years old). She was able to understand a lot, but I still had to explain some things to her.

  4. I need to read this. I bet my girls would love her!

  5. Pippi! I remember dressing as her for Hallowe'en one year - so much fun! I really need to find some Pippi Longstocking for my daughter.

  6. I used to love Pippi Longstocking when I was younger. Thanks for reminding me of her.

  7. This looks like such a fun book! I like it when writers get really playful with their writing style and of course, illustrations. I might have to check this one out!

  8. I totally grew up with this movie and I am so glad you just reminded me of this for my daughter to see. I need to check this out!

  9. I had forgotten all about Pippi Longsticking - I'll have to find a copy to read to my daughter. She also makes a great Halloween costume!