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.