Pippi Longstocking is every tomboy’s dream come true. She is a spunky girl who is strong enough to lift up a horse. Living alone with her monkey and horse, she takes care of herself with nobody telling her that she needs to drink cod liver oil.

Always with a smile on her face and a spring in her step, she is excited to meet the Anika and Tommy living next. Together they get into many silly misadventures.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking

Author: Astrid Lindgren

Illustrator: Michael Chesworth, Louis S. Glanzman

Series: Pippi Longstocking (book 1)

Paperback: 160 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook


The story starts out as Pippi comes to live in the family home. Her mother died when she was a baby and her father was a sailor. She loved sailing with him, but he was lost at sea during a terrible storm. Convinced he floated off to an island somewhere, Pippi moved back into the house he bought a while back to wait for his return.

Pippi was excited to meet the kids next door. And they had never met a girl like Pippi before. She had red hair with braided pigtails that stuck straight out. She wore clothes that she made herself with patches of colorful fabric and shoes that were twice as long as her feet. Most importantly, she always did what she wanted to do. She let nobody tell her that she couldn’t do something. This even includes policemen who she picks up with one hand if they bother her.

She plays lots of silly games with her new friends, like thing-finder. When the police came to take her to a children’s home because she lived without any parents, Pippi just turned it into a fun game of tag. She even caused a ruckus at school when refused to listen to the teacher and play word games over the lessons. At art time, she drew a huge picture of a horse all across the floor.

My favorite part is when two burglars broke into her house to rob her. She wrestled them both to the ground and beat them. Then she forced them to stay and dance with her all night. With Pippi, it is always one silly thing after the next.

Young readers will enjoy this zany book and giggle at all of Pippi’s goofy antics. It’s perfect for kids looking for their next middle grade book to devour.