Book presentation: Emil of Lonneberga

The cover of the children's book "Michel in der Suppenschüssel" by Astrid Lindgren, published by Oetinger Verlag

Book 1 - Emil and the Great Escape

A book by Astrid Lindgren

One day there will be a tasty goulash soup on Katthult. But in the soup pot a tiny bit of soup remains. So little five-year-old Emil puts his whole head into the bowl to lick out the delicious rest. But, oh dear, the head that so easily fits into the bowl doesn't want to come out again. The head is stuck. No matter what Emil's mother and father try, the head is stuck. The Svensson family has no choice but to go to the doctor in Mariannelund. When they arrive at the doctor's, the blond boy stumbles and bumps his head against the edge of the table, the bowl immediately shatters and his head is free again. Father Anton glues the soup bowl back together at home, but the joy does not last long, because the boy sticks his head in it again after a short time. This time, however, the visit to the doctor is saved and mother Svensson simply smashes the bowl herself with a courageous blow. A funny story for young and old.

Date of first publication: 1963

Age Recommendation: For children over 6 years.

The cover of the children's book "Michel muss mehr Männchen machen" by Astrid Lindgren, published by Oetinger Verlag

Book 2 - Emil's clever Pig

A book by Astrid Lindgren

Whenever the little rascal has done something wrong, he has to go to the woodshed or flees there himself when his father wants to punish him, and locks the door from the inside. Since our little protagonist often concocts one or two pranks, he ends up in the shed quite often. He spends his time there with carving little wooden men and so more than hundreds of the wooden figures have already come together and the number is growing steadily.

The whole Svensson family goes to the weekly market, together with little Ida, Alfred and Lina, only Krösa-Maja stays on the farm to keep an eye out. But during this trip, how could it be otherwise, all kinds of misfortunes happen to Emil. The family is invited for lunch to the house of Mrs. Petrell, who has made blueberry soup. Emiland the mayor's son made friends right away and walked on stilts through Mrs Petrell's garden. But the walking on stilts turns out to be quite difficult and Emilcan't hold on very long, falls through the window of Mrs. Petrell and falls directly face first into the blueberry soup. The good woman faints instantly and as nobody can find water, Emilpours the rest of the soup over her head to wake her up.

Date of first publication: 1966

Age recommendation: For children from 8 years of age.

The cover of the children's book "Michel puts the world in order" by Astrid Lindgren, published by Oetinger Verlag.

Book 3 - Michel puts the world in order

A book by Astrid Lindgren

This time too Michel does all kinds of mischief, among other things he paints the whole face of his sister Ida in blue. When his mother tells him to bury fermented cherries from the wine in the garden, he thinks to himself that the cherries are far too good to bury. So he feeds the chickens with the cherries. After a short time the chickens lie drunk on the ground. He also gives some of the fermented cherries to the piglet and it starts to stagger across the yard. Finally Michel treats himself to cherries and falls asleep drunk. To save the adults from the same fate, he smashes all the bottles of cherry wine that his mother had previously made from the cherries.

But he also puts the world back in order, he saves the life of the little crunchy pig, for example, and prevents it from ending up on the table as a Christmas roast. From now on, the little piglet keeps him company in the shed and Michel teaches him great things.

Date of first publication: 1989

Age recommendation: For children from 8 years of age.

Inspiration for Emil

The cheeky little boy from Lönneberga was invented by our favourite author from Sweden, Astrid Lindgren. She was inspired, says Lindgren, by the stories of her father Samuel August Ericsson. He is said to have been a real Emil when he was little.

The adventures around Emil from Lönneberga were invented by Astrid Lindgren for her then three-year-old grandson Karl-Johan. Lindgren was supposed to look after him, but the little boy screamed with all his might. To calm him down, she told him Emil's fantastic stories. In return, he had to be quiet and stop crying. The little boy became silent and listened intently to Emil's pranks, which he was plotting over and over again. Again and again her grandson wanted to be told something about Emil and so Astrid Lindgren invented more and more stories about Emil from Lönneberga, which she finally wrote down.