Pippi Moves In

Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Vang Nyman. Drawn & Quarterly, $14.95 (56p) ISBN 978-1-77046-099-7
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. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 08/06/2012
Release date: 10/01/2012
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