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THE LOST MASTERPIECE FROM ASTRID LINDGRENS CHILDRENS CLASSIC
Pippi Moves In marks the first time that the legendary Pippi Longstocking comics by the famed childrens author and creator Astrid Lindgren and Danish illustrator Ingrid Vang Nyman will be published outside of Scandinavia in thirty years, as well as their first ever publication in English. The outspoken strong-girl with the carrot-colored pigtails and the mismatched socks has enthralled generations of children the world over with her fabulous exploits at Villa Villekulla, where she lives with her horse and monkey. Countless translations of the chapter books are available in more than sixty languages. Pippi is Swedens best-known childrens export, making it all the more remarkable that D+Q has discovered what will be a three-volume series.
The comics are re-imaginings of the classic chapter book stories and were originally published in the Swedish magazine Humpty Dumpty in 1957-1959, a decade after the original books. The comics spotlight both Lindgrens brilliant writing and Vang Nymans bold bright colors that seem presciently and eerily modern. The original illustrator for the chapter books, Vang Nyman was an avant-garde champion of the importance of childrens literature who insisted that art in childrens books needed to meet the same esthetic standards as art in any other medium. Sadly Vang Nyman never achieved international success, and tragically committed suicide in 1959 due to mental health issues, while Lindgren went on to become one of the worlds best-loved writers with more than 145 million books sold worldwide.
Similar to D+Qs 2005 unearthing of the Tove Janssons Moomin comic strip, which has more than 100,000 units in print, these mid-century classics are waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by the worlds legions of Pippi fans, both young and old.
"In 1957, Pippi Longstocking's creator teamed up with artist Vang Nyman to reimagine Pippi in comics form. Now the tales have been translated into English for the first time. When Pippi moves into Villa Villekulla, quiet and orderly Sweden will never be the same. Pippi has no respect for the adult world, and the children around her delight as she tramples on the rules and expectations meant to keep children in line. She is a kind of superhero, lifting strong men in the air and buying mountains of sweets and toys on a whim. When she is about to step off a cliff and her friend warns her she's going to fall. Pippi insists: 'I'm not going to fall, I'm going to fly!' The stories in this first collection are sweet and strange, with Pippi fearlessly leading the way toward a world free of adult oppression, or at least one where it's okay to be a little weird. Vang Nyman's illustrations are sharp and clear, and Pippi's surreal actions are rendered all the more acceptable by the warm and bright colors. All ages." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was the creator of one of Swedens most iconic fictional characters, Pippi Longstocking. The Pippi books have been translated into more than sixty languages. Ingrid Vang Nyman (1916-1959) was a noted childrens book illustrator who worked on more than thirty books, including the original illustrations for the Pippi series.