CM . . . . Volume XIX Number 20 . . . . January 25, 2013
Sweden's favourite daughter Pippi Longstocking makes her English language debut in a graphic novel illustrated by Danish artist Ingrid Vang Nyman. The cartoons were originally published in the Swedish magazine Humpty Dumpty from 1957-1959.
Despite being over five decades old, the comics, like their character, are ageless in their appeal. The illustrations are bright, simply drawn, but full of action, and will appeal to most elementary aged school children. The simple but direct dialogue is easy to read, making this book a good choice as a high interest, simple vocabulary novel for struggling readers.
Pippi is a friendly, independent girl who cares little for social mores, but she has a kind heart and leads her friends on wild adventures. In this story, she charms her friends with her carefree life, no school, sleeping upside down in her bed, playing with circus animals and eating all the candy she wants. She is also the strongest girl in the world and shows how "everyone should be nice to animals... and carry them when they get tired", advice which she demonstrates by giving an abused horse a ride by holding it over her head.
Pippi Moves In! is a must-have for people young and old who have enjoyed Pippi Longstocking's adventures in chapter books, and it is a great introduction to this delightful character for those readers meeting Pippi for the first time.
Barb Taylor is a librarian with the Calgary Catholic School Division.
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