The adventures of Pippi Longstocking are set to continue under a new deal between The Astrid Lindgren Company and Oxford University Press.
The imprint will publish a pair of new illustrated, two-colour Pippi Longstocking fiction titles, Do You Know Pippi Longstocking? and Pippi Longstocking’s After-Christmas Party, in September 2019.
Featuring the original text by Astrid Lindgren and original Swedish artwork by Ingrid Vang Nyman, both will be published as a worldwide exclusive in an early reader fiction paperback format for ages five-plus, having previously only existed as picture books.
“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,” says Olle Nyman, CEO at The Astrid Lindgren Company and grandson of Astrid Lindgren. “Pippi is a poster girl for resilience, kindness, fairness and acceptance – and we need her now more than ever! We are re-introducing Ingrid Vang Nyman's original illustrations globally ahead of Pippi’s 75th birthday, and we're thrilled to see Oxford University Press's stunning 2-colour take on the artwork in these two titles.”
These two new titles will be published in collaboration with The Astrid Lindgren Company ahead of Pippi Longstocking’s 75th anniversary in 2020.
Liz Cross, Head of Children’s Publishing at Oxford University Press, adds: “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.”