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That Boy Emil/Den där Emil

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That Boy Emil/Den där Emil

On a farm called Katthult in Lönneberga lived a boy called Emil. With golden hair, bright blue eyes and a kind look about him, no one would expect him to be anything other than a sweet little angel. But alas, sometimes appearances can be deceiving, because Emil was wild and stubborn, and he made mischief almost every day. But Emil was decent in the way – he never did the same trick twice. Once he hoisted his little sister Ida up the flagpole. Another time he rode Lukas the horse straight into the great hall where the mayor was having a party. And soon enough, a loud shout can be heard across the farm – Emil’s father yelling his name, at which Emil flees into the shed to escape his wrath.

Astrid Lindgren’s stories about Emil are loved by generations of readers.

Astrid Lindgren


Sweden’s most beloved children’s author Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) is also considered to be one of the most important writers for children throughout the world. Her work has been translated into more than 100 languages, and shortly after her death the Swedish government inaugurated the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) to recognise outstanding international achievement in…

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Björn Berg


Björn Berg, 1923–2008, was born in Bavaria by Swedish parents and lived in New York City for nine years from the age of three. He decided to become an artist at an early age, and after art studies in Sweden he went to Paris to study for Fernand Legér and André Lhote. His association with…

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