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There Aren’t Any Robbers in the Forest/Inga rövare finns i skogen

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There Aren’t Any Robbers in the Forest/Inga rövare finns i skogen

There Aren’t Any Robbers in the Forest takes place in a dollhouse, where Mimmi the doll has brought the little boy Peter to show that there are definitely robbers in the forest outside. They plan to steal her “pearls of precious value”.

Soon the forty robbers get into the house and Fiolito, the leader, challenges Peter to a sword fight over the pearls. When Peter loses, Fiolito and his forty robbers disappear with the pearls. But, luckily, Mimmi has taken the real once and hidden them – in a completely robber-proof place.

There Aren’t Any Robbers in the Forest was initially included in the story collection Nils Karlsson-Pyssling, first published in 1949. Astrid Lindgren also dramatized the story and it has since been performed as a theatre play on countless stages in Sweden and abroad and also has also been made into several television productions.

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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Ilon Wikland


Ilon Wikland is a Swedish artist who has illustrated the largest number of Astrid Lindgren’s books. In 1944, Wiklund escaped the second Soviet occupation of Estonia with a classmate’s family and arrived in Sweden as a refugee. Almost a decade later, she met the author of Pippi Longstocking, who was about to publish Mio My…

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