Astrid Lindgren - Emil and the Great Escape
Astrid Lindgren - Emil and the Great Escape
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Astrid Lindgren - Emil and the Great Escape

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Emil is a sweet and kind boy with the best of intentions, yet “things always happened, wherever Emil was.” He’s clever, mischievous, and daring all at once. He’s the type of child that upon hearing of his bold escapades, strangers would likely comment to his mother, “Oh, he’s quite the handful, isn’t he?” Mother Alma, her belief is that her son really is a blessing sent straight from angels above.

Whether he's running his little sister up a flagpole or trying to escape after getting locked in a shed, Emil's adventures never stop. Hens, dogs, little sisters - and adults - all flee his path. But Emil doesn't mean to be bad, it's just that trouble - and fun - follow him wherever he goes.

Emil’s antics always arouse attention and the situations he gets himself into are comical. He’s naughty at times, but you struggle not to laugh aloud in the face of his naughtiness. Life is never boring when Emil’s around!

Age 6+

"My kids loved this book- especially my 7-year-old. He doesn't tend to like books about children who set out to be mean or horrible, in fact these types of characters often upset my kids (unless they are just messy/smelly- that's ok) so Emil's brand of being 'naughty' by accident is perfect for him. Even when Emil does hoist his little sister up the flagpole he does so because she wants to look at the next town and she's very happy about this- it's his parents who aren't! It is quite archaic in parts as it describes rural Swedish life at the beginning of the 20th century but to be honest this hasn't bothered either of my listeners much as the action centers on Emil and his exploits and that is what interests them. We have all three books in this series so we are looking forward to enjoying all three. If you like this try Lindgren's Lotta books as well for younger children and of course the books about Pippi Longstocking later on."

" I used to laugh out loud reading some of these stories. Hilarious"

"...read this book in two sittings within a few hours--it was short, sweet, and delightful, and I chuckled my way through it."