With her orange splayed braids and super human strength, Pippi Longstocking is a character that always intrigued me. That is, until as a kid I tried watching her movies, which were too stilted and folksy for my liking, and which turned me off to reading her books. But that all changed when I came across Pippi Fixes Everything, Drawn and Quarterly’s second volume of Pippi comics that were originally published in a Swedish magazine in the 1950s.
From its eye-catching cover to its humorous, quirky and charming stories, I realize the problem was all in the translation. Written by Pippi’s creator Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Fixes Everything shows Pippi as a mischievous yet good-natured young girl who throws bullies in the air, beats up burglars who sneak into her house, carries her horse over her head, and saves her best friends Annika and Tommy from a burning building. The book, simple yet wonderfully whimsical, is intended for children but just as fun for adults. It is beautifully illustrated by Pippi’s original artist Ingrid Vang Nyman, and is the farthest thing from stilted and folksy. I can’t wait to get my hands on D&Q’s first volume, Pippi Moves In, and any future Pippi books they put out.