Oxford University Press has announced 18 Astrid Lindgren books to celebrate 75 years of Pippi Longstocking.
The publisher has collaborated with the late Swedish author’s estate, The Astrid Lindgren Company, on the editions which will be published throughout 2020 and 2021, it was announced today (23rd September) by Lindgren’s great-grandson Johan Palmberg at The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference.
The publisher will work with Lindgren’s estate, and Riot Commuinications on a full calendar of consumer and trade events to mark Pippi Longstocking creation on 21st May 1945 as well as the new titles. OUP was the first to publish Pippi Longstocking in the UK from 1954.
In October 2020, OUP will publish a hardback gift edition of the children’s classic Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard, illustrated in full colour by former Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child. OUP will release the publication of two new, illustrated Pippi titles for young readers in March 2020 as a worldwide exclusive in an early reader fiction paperback format for ages 5+. The books, Meet Pippi Longstocking and Pippi Longstocking and the Snirkle Hunt, will include both original text by Astrid Lindgren and artwork by Ingrid Vang Nyman.
In 2020 and 2021, OUP will launch The World of Astrid Lindgren with paperback editions of 15 classic Lindgren stories, all with black-and-white illustrations by award-winning illustrator Mini Grey. The first titles will launch in May 2020 with Pippi Longstocking, Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard and Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas. These will be followed by the first three books in the Emil series, also illustrated by Mini Grey, in August 2020. Reissues of Astrid Lindgren’s Lotta, Karlsson, and Children of Noisy Village series will follow in November 2020 and March 2021.
OUP director Helen Freeman said: “It is hugely exciting that Lauren is illustrating a second Pippi book to celebrate Pippi’s 75th birthday, and we can’t wait to see Pippi brought to life once again in her totally gorgeous and inimitable style. Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard sees Pippi visit the circus, buy all the sweets in the sweet shop and receive a visit from her long-lost father, and we know that Lauren will bring a huge amount of fun to her many adventures.”
The Astrid Lindgren Company c.e.o. and grandson of Astrid Lindgren Olle Nyman added: “We can't wait for British audiences to experience the particular combination of wit, humanity, independence and flair that turned Astrid Lindgren and Pippi Longstocking into icons both in Scandinavia and internationally. I look forward to seeing Lauren and Mini’s interpretations of my grandmother’s characters as they join Ingrid Vang Nyman’s classic illustrations during this year of celebration.”