Early reader versions of stories that appeared previously as picture books
Oxford University Press is to publish two Pippi Longstocking titles next September in advance of the 75th anniversary in 2020 of the first appearance of the world's strongest girl. Do You Know Pippi Longstocking? and Pippi Longstocking's After-Christmas Party by Astrid Lindgren and with illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman - titles that have previously appeared as picture books - will come in fiction paperback format for readers of 5-plus. OUP is working in collaboration with the Astrid Lindgren Company.
Astrid Lindgren's titles are published in 70 languages.
Liz Cross, head of children's publishing at OUP, said: "Pippi Longstocking is one of the most enduring characters in children's fiction. Like Matilda and Madeline, she's a character that will inspire children for life, and we are excited to make her extraordinary exploits accessible to younger readers with these newly designed books, perfect for those moving on from picture books to young fiction."
Olle Nyman, ceo at the Astrid Lindgren Company and grandson of Astrid Lindgren, said: "We can't wait for British audiences of all ages 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... and we're thrilled to see Oxford University Press's stunning two-colour take on the artwork in these two titles."