Much-Loved Scandi Stories
Posted by Your Friends at PO.P on Apr 12, 2023
There are childhood stories that stay with us for the rest of our lives. They include Astrid Lindgren’s stories about Lotta on Troublemaker Street and the Children of Noisy Village, beautifully illustrated by Ilon Wikland.
This unique collaboration brings Astrid’s beloved characters to life in our spring collection. Discover much-loved Scandi stories for your children! Reading opens up new worlds and sparks imagination. Or as Astrid Lindgren put it: “A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”
The unbeatable duo Astrid & Ilon
The year was 1953 when IlonWikland put her first-born daughter in the pram, brought some of her drawings and went to the Rabén & Sjögren publishing house to find Astrid Lindgren. It was a life-changing meeting.
About Astrid Lindgren
Astrid was born in 1907, at Näs farm near Vimmerby in Småland, in southern Sweden. She was 37 when her first book The Confidences of Britt-Marie was published in 1944. The following year she got her big breakthrough with Pippi Longstocking. Astrid wrote a total of 34 chapter books and 41 picture books, which together have been translated into more than 100 languages. Astrid died on 28 January 2002 at her home in Stockholm at the age of 94.
Ilon was born in 1930 in Estonia and came to Sweden as a refugee when she was 14 years old. Already talented at drawing from a young age, she attended art school in Sweden. She got a job as a children’s book illustrator at the age of 23. Did you know that IlonWikland is the artist who’s illustrated the greatest number of Astrid Lindgren’s books – around 30 different titles?