Karlsson on the Roof

In a perfectly ordinary building, on a perfectly ordinary street in town lives Smidge. Up on the roof, in a small house behind the big chimney, resides a gentleman by the name of Karlsson. He is, in his own words, a handsome, thoroughly clever, perfectly plump man in his prime. Attached to his back he has a small propeller with which he can fly… He decides to come in to land at Little Brother’s. And from then on nothing is the same. 

Karlsson does whatever Karlsson wants – eats all the sweets by himself, always chooses the largest slice of cake and enjoys trickelytricking and tirritating people. He’s convinced that he’s best at everything and is not shy to tell everyone so. He loves getting presents and getting up to all sorts of shenanigans – and if something breaks or disappears, well then they’re just material things and are nothing to be sour about anyway. Little Brother loves Karlsson but Mum, Dad and the older siblings insist he’s make-believe. “They can be make-believe themselves!”, Karlsson snorts.

  • The books are written by Astrid Lindgren and illustrated by Ilon Wikland.
  • 3 Chapter books – 7 million copies sold worldwide
  • Original title “Karlsson på taket”
  • There’s a feature film and an animated TV series about Karlsson
  • Translated into 41 languages
  • In place #65 on BBC’s 100 Greatest Children’s Books of All Time

Illustrations: © Design Ilon Wikland AB
Karlsson on the Roof: TM and © The Astrid Lindgren Company

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