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Mio, My Son

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With help from a genie, young Karl Anders Nilsson travels by day and night, beyond the stars, to reach Farawayland. There, his father the King, who has been searching for him for nine long years, tells him his true name is Mio, and lavishes upon him the loving attention he never received from his foster parents back in Stockholm. Mio learns of a prophecy that has been fore ...more
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by Purple House Press (first published 1954)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Yes but an adult can get a lot out of it too--the mark of a truly good children's book.

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This is story-wise pretty straightforward and simple fairy tale,fantasy but the writing was of higher level. Since this is the the first time i have read Astrid Lindgren i didnt know what to expect. It was written in a epic poetry like prose that made the story much more interesting,fantastical and imaginative. Her storytelling techniques was clear to see what she was trying to do.

In hindsight its better i read this as an adult where i could see clearly what the writing, the prose style was doin
This is one of the first books I ever read on my own. And I have read it many times since. It's very dark and sad, but there's a glimmer of hope shining as a bright star on the night sky. It's beautiful and it touches and tears at my heart everytime I read it.
I guess it's classified as a childrens book, but really it's an 'for every age' book. Adults as well as children will be moved by this story. I know for myself, this is one of the books I will never outgrow and which will never lose it's ab
Apr 04, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, younger
Easter was the perfect time to read this.
Jul 04, 2013 bakanekonomama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasi, anak-anak
Di zaman dahulu kala, tapi tidak terlalu dahulu, hiduplah seorang anak laki-laki bernama Mio. Mio adalah putra mahkotadari Negeri Nun Jauh. Sebuah negeri yang tidak akan bisa kau bayangkan dimana letaknya, karena sangat jauh dan tak akan bisa kau jangkau. Pangeran Mio hidup bahagia bersama ayahnya sang raja... Tapi itu sekarang, karena sebelumnya Pangeran Mio hidup menderita, meski tidak terlalu merana, dan jauh dari ayahnya.

Mari kita mundur sejenak. Sebelum ini, belum ada orang yang bernama Pa
3.5 stjärnor Söt bok! <3
A Girl Has No Name
4 stars!

4 stars!

Mio, mein Mio has been one of the few Astrid Lindgren stories that I haven’t been familiar with during my childhood. I never read the story and I haven’t seen any movie adaptations - if they exist. I was curious to read Mio, mein Mio, considering that it’s one of Lindgren’s most famous stories.

Mio, mein Mio felt a little different that most of the other stories by Lindgren. Mio is having a rather sad childhood. He is growing up in a foster family, which actually doesn’t like boy
Feb 24, 2012 Lynette rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Maybe I'm biased because I loved the movie when I was a kid. Maybe the translation that I read is really bad. Or maybe I'm just way too old for a book written for such young kids. Whatever the reason, I really didn't understand what was so great about this book, and I'm disappointed. Ever since I was a kid, I've been looking for this book, and never could order it or anything. I remembered it a little while ago, and was able to order it on Amazon.

It felt so flat to me. I felt no connection to Mi
Jul 30, 2016 Nadaalaali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رائعة أخرى من روائع استريد ليندجرين شاهدت فيها ولدي ذا السبع سنوات يقع في حب القراءة وقعة لا أرجو له نجاة منها

ميو ولد متبنى لعائلة لاتحبه ترسله جارة مشفقة بطريقة فنتازية الى faraawayland الأرض القصية ليلتقي بوالده الملك.

يبدو أن الجميع كان يتظر ميو ليحقق نبوءة عمرها ألف ألف سنة بمحاربة السير كاتو.

حبس الأنفاس، والشجاعة، ومواجهة الخوف، وتحسس آلام الآخرين، واستشعار الخير، والنفور من الشر؛ كلها مشاعر وأحاسيس ومباديء لمستها في هذه القصة الكلاسيك.
Lia B. Ung
Jun 05, 2015 Lia B. Ung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lia by: Lott

Trots att jag växte upp med Astrid Lindgren, och trots att jag stött på mycket från Mio, min Mio, som riddar Kato och rosenträdgården, så hade jag aldrig tidigare varken läst den eller sett filmen. Jag har dessutom alltid blandat ihop den en del med Bröderna Lejonhjärta, så jag var väldigt glad över att läsa den till slut och reda ut alltihop (och jag var väldigt glad när jag insåg att ingen faktiskt dog i slutet, vilket jag hade fått för mig just på grund av Bröderna Lejonhjärta).

Bis zu seinem neunten Lebensjahr wusste Mio nicht, dass er Mio heisst. Er wusste auch nicht, dass sein Vater ein König ist. Nein, denn er wuchs bei seiner Tante und seinem Onkel auf, welche ihn nicht mochten und sich kaum um ihn kümmerten. Eines Tages jedoch rettet Mio einen Geist aus einer Flasche und wird von diesem daraufhin ins Land der Ferne gebracht, dem Königreich seines Vaters. Endlich wird er geliebt, erlebt viele Abenteuer, und rettet das Land sogar vor dem bösen Ritter Kato.

Die Geschi
Aug 30, 2012 Thunder rated it did not like it
This is probably one of the most boring book I've ever read!
I think it would be nice to read for your small children as a bedtime story but not for anything else. I had to read the whole book since it was a school thing and I died of boredom several times while reading it. Then everytimne I died Mio came and resurrected me ,and I died again, and he resurrected me, and i died and so on...
Nothing really happens in the book except Mio riding around with his extremely annoying friend Jum-Jum!
Don't r
♥Magic Wonderland☯♥☮
I've read Mio, mein Mio in German and so maybe the translation wasn't always perfect.

But for me, I thought Mio was a bit of an annoying character and sometimes also just so repetitive! He was almost constantly bringing up the past and how 'they' (his ex best friend and step parents) should see him now on his beautiful horse. And he did similar things like that throughout the book and that annoyed me a bit.

What are the good parts of this story? The courage that Mio finally found at the end of t
Feb 25, 2011 Riana rated it it was amazing
if you have not read this - read it.

it is such a beautiful, heartwarming, dramatic, and sad story about courage and hope, about the good standing up against evil.

the style is simple enough to be accessible for children, but poetic enough to be enjoyed by adults. and i even think that this is one of few books by astrid lindgren that can be appreciated more by adults than children.
Apr 07, 2013 Sanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you know that Harry Potter's invisibility cloke was actually owned by a nine year old boy from Sweden called Karl Anders Nilsson? I did, and it was invented by Astrid Lindgren. "Mio, my son" is a touching story about courage and nature, which, as Lindgren's other books show, works every single time.
Rana Heshmati
Aug 20, 2016 Rana Heshmati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: Masoomeh Tavakoli
Shelves: رمان
باشکوه بود و رویائی. قشنگ بود.
زیبا و دلانگیز بود.
و دوستش داشتم. دوستش داشتم :}
ممنونم از خانم توکلی جانم :)
Sarah Sammis
Jun 21, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: calliope
Sometimes my book reviews require some story telling as set up. This is one of these posts. Scroll down if you don't want to wallow in my nostalgia.

When I was a child I wanted to be Pipi Longstocking's next door neighbor. I figured I wasn't cool enough or strong enough to live on my own, eat nails and carry a horse with my bare hands but I sure wanted a friend who could! I read everyone of Astrid Lindgren's Pipi books and watched all the poorly dubbed movies more times than I can count.

But someh
Jo Bennie
Dec 02, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l
Karl Anders Nilson, known as Andy, is a lonely boy. An orphan, he lives in Stockholm with his foster parents, Aunt Hulda who wanted a boy and Uncle Olaf who thinks Andy makes too much noise. His only friend is Ben, but they sometimes fight. The only person who is kind to him is Mrs Lundy from the sweet shop. But then one day Aunt Hulda, after telling Andy yet again that the day he came to their house was an unlucky one, is given a card to post by Mrs Lundy and an apple that turns to gold. The ca ...more
Meine Begeisterung für Lindgrens Erzählungen ist weiterhin ungebrochen. Heute habe ich endlich mal Mio, mein Mio gelesen.
Eine wirklich sehr märchenhaft erzählte Geschichte über einen kleinen Jungen, der sich seinen Ängsten stellt und zusammen mit seinem Freund Jum-Jum den bösen Ritter Kato besiegen muss.
Die Geschichte wirkt sehr melancholisch und nachdenklich. Lindgren verwendet viele klassische Märchenelemente, wie Wiederholungen und Aufzählungen etc. Anders als die meisten ihrer anderen Kinder
Jun 18, 2012 Elle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-young
This was a book that left a great impression on me when I read it as a child. I thought it was very engaging and could not put it down. I have not read it in a very long time and cannot remember the details of the book, however it did leave so big an impression that I still remember the general story and even where I was the first time I read it.
This book is also excellent for reading aloud and share the impression with other family members. Just like The Brothers Lionheart by the same author t
Cathy (cathepsut)
Jun 02, 2011 Cathy (cathepsut) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
One of my all-time favourite books. I liked the Pippi Longstocking stories, but this is by far my best loved Astrid Lindgren novel.

If you like books for young adults and fairytales and/or fantasy, I can recommend this highly. I think the world she builds in this is beautiful and I still remember parts of this book vividly, although it has been a very long time since I read it.
What I enjoyed most about this book was not its simple story – since I’m too old for this kind of books, ha! – but its cute, adoring and nostalgia-revoking illustrations that accompany it. Recommended for children.
Hirosasazaki Sasazaki
Oct 14, 2010 Hirosasazaki Sasazaki rated it it was amazing
This story contains some folk essence and Lindgren's imagination. Beautiful fantasy and I was about to cry when I found how the king, Mio's father loves his son. Ending was also good.
Uz citu Lindgrēnes grāmatu fona šī šķiet visai melnbalta un straightforward, tomēr stāsts ir skaists, pie kam lasāms divējādi - vai nu kā skaista pasaka, vai kā trausli vientuļa zēna sapņi.
Linn Amalie
Mar 06, 2010 Linn Amalie rated it it was amazing
I think I've read this book ten times, and it's one of my all time favourites.
Jul 09, 2009 Shere rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite childhood books.
Feb 23, 2016 Jaro rated it it was amazing
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
A very good bedtime read. The story of unwanted adoptee Andy, who discovers he is actually the son of the king of Farawayland. He is taken there and enjoys learning about his true home, but it comes at a price--he must face the evil Sir Kato!

Wonderful illustrations, and the tale resonates strongly with Norse myth and legend (hardly surprising, given that Lindgren was Swedish.) However, there are a few quibbles about the lack of development of some promising threads. Mio's best friend Pompoo repe
Aug 03, 2015 Hazel rated it it was amazing
Земята накрай света
Прочетох "Мили мой Мио" от Астрид Линдгрен едва сега, заедно с Рада, която сигурно я възприе съвсем различно от мен. Така и трябва. Някои заблуди е добре да не се разсейват още на 7. Нека отложи неверието си колкото се може повече. You want to be fooled, както се казваше в прекрасния филм "Престижът", за който може и да напиша, ако дойде ред.

И аз искам да бъда излъгана. Искам да вярвам, че Босе, момчето без родители, отглеждано без обич в приемно семейство, отпътува с помощта
Here's how Mio, My Son begins: "Did you listen to the radio on October 15th last year? Did you hear the news about a boy who disappeared? This is what it said: 'Police in Stockholm are searching for a nine-year-old boy missing from his home, at 13 North Street, since 6.P.M. two days ago. Karl Anders Nilsson has light hair and blue eyes. At the time of his disappearance he was wearing brown shorts, a gray sweater, and a small red cap. Anyone with more information on his whereabouts should contact ...more
Бранимир Събев
"Стисках меча, придържах наметката и тичах колкото ми крака държаха към залата на рицаря Като.
Навсякъде, във всички зали, по всички стълбища и коридори имаше съгледвачи, които стояха на стража. Големият черен замък гъмжеше от черни съгледвачи. Но те не ме виждаха. Нито ме чуваха. И аз ги подминавах, устремен към залата на рицаря Като.
Вече не се страхувах. Никога не съм се чувствал толкова безстрашен. Нямах нищо общо с онзи Мио, дето правеше колиби в Розовата градина и си играеше на Острова на зе
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Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, née Ericsson, was a Swedish children's book author and screenwriter, whose many titles were translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries. She has sold roughly 145 million copies worldwide. Today, she is most remembered for writing the Pippi Longstocking books, as well as the Karlsson-on-the-Roof book series.

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