This story (translated as 'The Six Bullerby Children', or 'The Children of Noisy Village' in English) was one of the earliest works by Astrid Lindgren, whose character Pippi Longstocking appeared on the scene in 1944 and was an instant hit with youngsters all over the world. The seventeen charming tales of the Bullerby family's daily lives feature their six children who live in Noisy Village; a village inspired by the town where the author’s father grew up. The Bullerby family were also very popular partly down to their delightfully and generous illustrations in B&W by Ingrid Nyman, the Danish illustrator, and first edition copies are not commonly available.
Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays, but is best known for her children's series featuring Pippi Longstocking, Emil i Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, and the Six Bullerby Children, as well as the children's fantasy novels 'Mio min Mio', 'Ronia the Robber's Daughter' and 'The Brothers Lionheart'. As of May 2013, she was the world's 18th most translated author, and the 3rd most-translated children's writer after H. C. Andersen and the Grimm brothers. At that time she was estimated to have sold 144 million books worldwide.
Our Swedish first edition copy is in good condition for its age, evidently well cared-for by its (presumably) young owner. The faded board covers (originally red) feature an illustration of the six children in green outfits (and bare feet!), with the title etc in black lettering. The back cover carries a list of the other Astrid Lindgren titles then available, with prices. The spine is bound in red cloth with the title and author's name printed clearly along its length. The board covers are bumped and frayed on the corners. Front cover is faded, back cover has some age marks and a pen mark. Traces of a name written in pencil on the front free end paper. Yellowing from old tape on both the front and back free end papers. The cloth spine is in tact, however the webbing is exposed pp16-17, pp32-33, pp48-49, pp64-65 and pp80-81. Notable ink marks on pp 30 and 32, noticeable age spots throughout the book. Printing mark on page 91. Metal staples have been used in the binding of the book, causing rust stains to the surround paper. Text and images remain uncompromised.