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|ON ASTRID LINDGREN'S BOOKSHELF|
Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain, 1884-1885
The story of Huck and his companion Jim, a runaway slave, as they travel down the Mississippi to escape from slavery and 'sivilization'.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain, 1876
The tale of a boy's life in a small town on the banks of the Mississippi River. Tom skips school and with his friends, Huck Finn and Jim, spends his days on mad adventures - some real, some imagined.
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
Selma Lagerlöf, 1907
Selfish and lazy, fourteen-year-old Nils learns kindness and wisdom after he is bewitched into an elf-sized boy and carried off by a barnyard goose to join the migration of wild geese across Sweden to Lapland.
Zacharias Topelius, 1874-1852
Fairy tales by the Swedish-speaking Finn, Zacharias Topelius (1818-1898), who was inspired by Andersen but whose work was far less 'literary' in style.
|BOOKS BY ASTRID LINDGREN:|
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
Pippi is nine years old, lives alone with a horse and a chest full of gold coins, is unexpectedly strong, and does exactly as she pleases. Her friends Tommy and Annika are green with envy – but although they have to go to school and go to bed when they're told, they still have time to join Pippi on all her adventures.
|WHAT TO READ AFTER PIPPI LONGSTOCKING?|
BIG BABY COLLIDES WITH GROWN-UP WORLD
A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole, 1980
A monument to sloth, rant and contempt, and suspicious of anything modern – this is Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, crusader against dunces. In revolt against the 20th century, Ignatius propels his bulk among the flesh-pots of a fallen city, documenting life on his Big Chief tablets as he goes, until his mother decrees that Ignatius must work.
The Story of My Baldness
Marek van der Jagt, 2000
Viennese teenager Marek, a studious type prone to dour remarks, struggles under the burdens of an overbearing mother, a distant father, and a perilously small penis.
Kees van Kooten, 1984
Short pieces by one of Holland's finest comedians.
Kees van Kooten, 1986
Short pieces by one of Holland's best comedians.
The Tin Drum
Günter Grass, 1959
"Danzig Trilogy": I
A scathing dissection of the years from 1925-1955 through the eyes of Oskar, the dwarf whose manic beating on the toy of his childhood fantastically counterpoints the horrors of Germany and Poland under the Nazis.
Gerard Reve, 1949
Young boy suffers under the tyranny of his crazy mother and a local bully. (Included in the collection The Dedalus Book of Dutch Fantasy.)
A Prayer for Owen Meany
John Irving, 1990
Eleven-year-old Owen Meany, playing in a Little League baseball game in New Hampshire, hits a foul ball and kills his best friend's mother. Owen does not believe in accidents and believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul is both extraordinary and terrifying.
Zazie in the Metro
Raymond Queneau, 1959
Impish, foul-mouthed Zazie arrives in Paris from the country to stay with Gabriel, her female-impersonator uncle. All she really wants to do is ride the metro, but finding it shut because of a strike, Zazie looks for other means of amusement and is soon caught up in a comic adventure that becomes wilder and more manic by the minute.
HUNH?! HOW DID HE/ SHE DO THAT?
J.M. Barrie, 1904-1911
When Peter Pan flies through the Darling's nursery window, Wendy, Michael and John begin their amazing adventures to Never Never Land.
Pamela L. Travers, 1938-1952
The first in a famous series about the best-known nanny in children's literature. Mary Poppins comes to the Banks' household like a breath of fresh air (literally).
Roald Dahl, 1988
Matilda is a very clever, very special little girl with stupid, awful parents who don't appreciate that their daughter is a genius. One day Miss Trunchbull, the horrible headmistress, attacks her and Matilda finds out that she has extraordinary powers to protect herself.
Annie M.G. Schmidt, 1957
Annie M.G. Schmidt, 1962
|Karlson on the Roof|
Astrid Lindgren's tale of a lonely Swedish lad who is befriended by a tubby, propeller-clad flying character is universally revered as one of the best children's books ever written.
|The Brothers Lionheart |
|Ronia, the Robber's Daughter|
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