Seven-year-old Madicken lives with her family; her Mum, Dad, little sister Lisbet and their housemaid Alva, in a big, beautiful house called ‘Junedale’, in a Swedish provincial town during the First World War. Madicken wants to be a good and well-mannered girl, but it isn’t always easy. The world is just so full of exciting things to do, try and explore. Madicken is fearless and she often ends up in somewhat sticky situations that she has to use all her wits to get out of. She climbs trees, flies airplanes and jumps off roofs.

But more than anything Madicken is sensitive and has a big heart. From her privileged position she observes the world and notices all the suffering and injustices. She has an endless capacity for empathy and kindness. In that regard she practices what her Dad, the radical newspaper editor, writes about in his paper – solidarity with the poor and vulnerable. 

  • The books are written by Astrid Lindgren and illustrated by Ilon Wikland.
  • The first book was released in 1960.
  • About 8 million books are sold worldwide.
  • Translated into 30 languages.
  • One movie and one TV series has been made about Madicken.


Illustrations: © Design Ilon Wikland AB
Madicken: TM and © The Astrid Lindgren Company


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