Parents' Guide to

Pippi Longstocking

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Wild adventures with fun-loving, rule-breaking redhead.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Questionable content that you have to modify as you read.

I thought I was going to read a cute book about a strong-willed child. Unfortunately, it really needs an update. It was written in the 1940's -there is so much content that has not aged well at all (but quite frankly what you'd expect from a white author born in 1907). I had to stop and skip over most of the book. There are much better books with strong female characters, I'm not sure why this is considered a classic.
age 7+

Perfect for kids maybe to boring for tweens.

love it

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (3):

Pippi is an original hero -- stronger than the grown-ups and seemingly oblivious to their rules -- and she shakes up life for Tommy and Annika in wonderful ways. Their adventures, and Pippi's lack of manners, appeal to children's sense of humor and inspire imaginations. Who wouldn't want to live in a house with no adults and no bedtime, and feast on a diet of mainly cookies and pancakes? Pippi Longstocking has great appeal for middle grade readers, and it's good for read-aloud, as it's broken into compact bites, each like a short story. It also offers an opportunity to discuss the offensive stereotype of Indigenous islanders as "cannibals."

A large-format edition offers an updated translation (that uses the term "King of the Natives") and funny illustrations by Lauren Child. Pippi Longstocking and its sequels have also been adapted into a series of Swedish movies (dubbed in English) and an animated musical.

Book Details

  • Author: Astrid Lindgren
  • Illustrator: Lauren Child
  • Genre: Humor
  • Topics: Adventures, Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: November 1, 1945
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 207
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: June 19, 2020

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