Junior Book Club - Pippi Longstocking
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Katriona McFadden is here with our monthly junior book club and reviews the all time classic Pippi Longstocking on today's show
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Katriona has been working as a reporter with RTÉ Radio since 2001.
Most recently she has worked as a roving reporter with The Tubridy Show and from September she will work as a reporter on the new RTÉ Radio 1 weekday drive-time programme. She joined RTÉ Radio after completing a B.A. in Journalism at DCU. To date she has worked as a researcher and reporter on Five Seven Live and a newspaper reviewer on RTÉ 2fm's The Full Irish. She has co-produced and co-presented a10 part series on the EU accession countries and her documentary Five Days in Tallinn was broadcast in December 2003.
She also produced and presented the children's radio programme The Funday Show.
In 2002 Katriona spent some time working as a researcher on The Late Late Show.
Katriona hails from Milford in Co Donegal, where her parents Michael and Kathleen continue to live with her brother Nicholas.
Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren
'On the outskirts of a tiny little town was a neglected garden. In the garden stood an old house, and in that house lived Pippi Longstocking'
With gorgeous illustrations throughout from the multiple award winner, and life-time Pippi fan, Lauren Child, and a dazzling new translation from Tiina Nunnally, this new Pippi Longstocking gift edition will delight all ages.
Adults who grew up with tales of Pippi wishing they could be just like her will rediscover her charm, whilst children will fall in love with her mischievous nature. First published in 1945, Astrid Lindgren's tales of Pippi Longstocking are as refreshing and enchanting today, as they were then.
With hair the colour of a carrot, a nose the shape of a small potato and shoes too big for her feet, Pippi Longstocking is a nine year old 'thing searcher' who eats pancakes for breakfast, can do forty-three somersaults one after the other, and sleeps upside down in her bed.
Pippi lives in Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey called Mr Nilsson, and a big suitcase of gold coins. With no parents to tell her what to do or what time to go to bed, Pippi spends her days arranging adventures to share with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika. Pippi amazes all that she meets with her extraordinary strength, colourful imagination, and outrageous stories of a lifetime of adventuring. She thinks nothing of carrying her horse down to the garden for a nice cup of coffee, wrestling a circus strongman or dancing the polka with burglars until they are too exhausted to steal anything.
About the Author
2007 is the centenary year of Astrid Lindgren's birth. During her career she worked for the secret service and as an editor responsible for children's literature in her native Sweden, but it wasn't until 1944 that Pippi Longstocking came to life. Originally a story for her daughter Karin, Pippi Longstocking was published in 1945 and was immediately a success. Her books have sold over 145 million copies worldwide in 91 languages. Also known for a lifetime commitment to children's rights, Astrid died in 2002 aged 94.
About the Illustrator
Lauren Child is the prize-winning author and illustrators of characters such as Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola. Before starting her career in children's illustration she ran her own lampshade designing company and worked as a studio assistant for Damien Hirst. Her first book was published in 1999 and she has gone on to write and illustrate 16 books. Charlie and Lola has been made into a successful television series and Lauren's artwork has been applied to a vast rang of must- have merchandise. When approached by Oxford to illustrate Pippi Longstocking Lauren was delighted, commenting, '[Pippi] has had a lasting impact on my work.'
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OPTIONS FOR NOVEMBERS BOOK CLUB:
A) Darren Shan, Demon Apocalypse.
Book 6 in the Demonata series. (Harper Collins) Age 10+
Demon Apocalypse is the sixth book in Darren Shan's The Demonata series, and the concluding part of a two part story, which started with book five, Blood Beast. It is narrated by Grubbs Grady, the main protagonist of the series. It was released on October 1. Darren Shan released the title of the book on the 29th of September 2007 at the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. Darren Shan wished that nothing about this book, not even the title, be known to the public until late September, close to the book's release. This is the first time this has happened with any of the Darren Shan books, possibly initiated by the recent popularity increase in the author's works. At the end of book five Grubbs Grady was on a plane with Juni Swan when Lord Loss opens a window to the plane and along with a few of his familiars, who attack the passengers. Grubbs then learns of Juni's treachery, and he seems to be doomed. He is saved just in time by Beranabus and they both jump from the plane. During Grubbs' free fall Beranabus teaches him how to fly and also tells him that he is a magician but concealed it from everyone, even himself, his entire life. They both fly to a cave in a desert. They enter a room below the cave which is closed by magic. There he meets Kernel Fleck for the first time. He has lost the tips of two of his fingers. Kernel Fleck appears disdainful of Grubbs.
B) Molly Moon, Micky Minus and the Mind Machine.
(MacMillan) Georgia Byng. Age 9+
The 4th Molly Moon book. When orphan Molly stumbles upon a mysterious old book on hypnotism her world is suddenly turned upside down. With a dazzling flash of her bright green eyes, she discovers that she has the amazing power to make people do things - crazy things. Molly Moon's talents know no bounds! Hypnotism, world-stopping, time-travel . and now she's reading minds! With the help of her long-lost brother Micky Minus, everyone's favorite hypnotist must now use her telepathic powers to save the world from an evil Superbrain. Can Molly's secret hypnosis crystals ward off tsunamis and twisters and heatwaves thrown at her by a massive weather machine in time to find safety on the other side of the rainbow?
C) Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, The Nixies Song
by Holly Black & Tony diTerlizzi (Simon & Schuster) Age 9+
The Spiderwick Chronicles ended on book 5 and this new series leaves the old-fashioned charm of New England far behind and heads south for some fiendish faerie fun in the hot Florida sun. Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow. But an "expedition" to a nearby lake turns up a little nixie with a giant problem - the huge, lumbering, fire-breathing variety - and it's up to Nick; his stepsister, Laurie; and his big brother, Julian (plus a familiar face from the original Spiderwick Chronicles) to figure out the best way to stop a host of rampaging giants before all of Florida goes up in smoke.
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