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The Children of Noisy Village (Barnen i Bullerbyn #1)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  8,365 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Welcome to Noisy Village! Go crayfishing in the summer at Nocken, "dipping in the pot" at Christmastime with Lisa and Karl, and join Britta and Anna who know the best way to go about "nutting" for the New Year. In this gently humorous tale, master storyteller Astrid Lindgren takes us through a year in the lives and customs of six Swedish children living on a group of three ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 2nd 1988 by Puffin Books (first published 1946)
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Ivonne Rovira
May 31, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of all ages
Save this book in the Audible format until you’re sick, deathly sick. Especially if you’re separated from your mother — either by distance or death — so that she is not available to feed you homemade soup, tuck you into bed, and otherwise coddle you and read you a story. The Children of Noisy Village makes a nice substitute when you’re ailing.

The six children of Noisy Village — 9-year-old Lisa; her mischievous older brothers, Karl and Bill; and neighbors Anna, Britta, and Olaf — don’t live in an
This series (and I so appreciate the fact that all three books have been published in one single tome) was one of my favourites when I was a little girl. When I was a child, I just felt and knew that I absolutely adored the sweet and enchanting episodical nuggets of carefree childhood in a turn of the century Swedish village (actually, less than a village even, more like three interconnected farms). Now, upon rereading for the first time in decades, I can truly appreciate and understand how simp ...more
Apr 27, 2009 Cindi rated it it was amazing
Sheer delight. Seriously. I'm not sure when I've read a children's book that was so delightful. I found this book in "A Landscape with Dragons." The author called it the Little House on the Prairie of Sweden.

I had to keep stopping to read sections to whoever in my family would listen to me. See for yourself:

Mommy says she can't understand why it takes more than twice as long to walk home as it does to walk to school. I don't understand it either. But it just can't be helped.

As we were walking al
This series was one of my favourites when I was a little girl. When I was a child, I just felt and knew that I absolutely adored the sweet and enchanting episodical nuggets of carefree childhood in a turn of the century Swedish village (actually, less than a village even, but three interconnected farms). Now, rereading this series for the first time in decades, I can truly appreciate and understand how simply wonderful the first-person narrative of seven year old Lisa really is. Astrid Lindgren ...more
Sep 08, 2016 Svenja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelves
Ich liebe die vielen kleinen Abenteuer, die die Kinder aus Bullerbü erleben. Ich wäre auch gerne dort aufgewachsen :D

Die Geschichten werden aus Kinderaugen erzählt und sind dabei so herrlich naiv und gutgläubig. Auch nach 20 Jahren konnte ich mich noch an alles ganz genau erinnern und ich bin sicher in weiteren 20 Jahren wird es auch noch so sein.
Mar 26, 2015 Clairol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moje milované Děti z Bllerbynu. Byly doby, kdy jsem na té knize ujížděla,jak na nějaké droze. Myslela jsem si,že už jí znám vážně nazpaměť a ejhle ono je v ní stále co objevovat. Nostlagie největší. Asi si ji zarámuju a pověsím nad postel :-)
Feb 07, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
I had never read this book before, in fact: I'd never heard of it until a few months ago. It's a sweet little book, about the lives of a group of children who live on three neighboring farms. It's written in a very simple style, ostensibly by one of the children, Lisa, who describes different traditions and aspects of their life. This would be a great first chapter book. It's 123 pages, with illustrations in each short chapter.

"Dzieci z Bullerbyn" to moja pierwsza myśl po przeczytaniu "Małego Księcia". To właśnie o tej książce mówi się w samych superlatywach, a i ja nigdy nie zaprzeczałem, że będąc dzieckiem niesamowicie czułem się wgłębiając się w rozkoszne życie, jakie panowało w Bullerbyn. Gdzie szkoła nie była tak straszna, jak moja na początku lat dziewięćdziesiątych; gdzie pani wychowawczyni była miła dla małych dzieci; gdzie cieszyć się można było ze zwykłego robienia ciasteczek o kszta
Katy Noyes
Nov 19, 2015 Katy Noyes rated it it was amazing
100 pages of nostalgia from the author of Pippi Lockstocking. The children of Noisy Village are six children living on three adjacent farms in a hamlet in Sweden.

One of them narrates these short tales from their year - from making maps and caves in the hayloft in the summer to struggling through miles of snow to get home at Christmas.

The boys and girls are fairly typical - they like adventures and playing pretend, picking strawberries, dressing up, sometimes they prefer to play apart, but they
Naomi Sarah
Apr 25, 2015 Naomi Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
SIGH. SUCH a childhood endless re-read. I have to read it again soon. This book is just buring with childhood memories and I LOOOVE it. Astrid Lindgren used to be my favourite writer ever, after Laura Ingalls.

And I want to live in Noisy Village so badly. :-)
Lucie Novak
Jun 28, 2014 Lucie Novak rated it it was amazing
My favourite children book series of all those books I ever read, if I have grand children, I must get it for them. Lives of 6 children in a tiny hamlet in Sweden, in Czech with beautiful illustrations of a Czech artist Zmatlikova, I read those books again and again.
Jul 16, 2007 Dita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bestread
Bullerbyn kids series were the books I really fond of when I was a little kido. And the memories never fade away. I read this thousand times and will remember the laughters. All of the kids are cheerful, smart, witty, caring, adventurous and humble at once.
Jan 03, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2009
This is as lovely as I remember it being. A cute, light-hearted bunch of stories about kids growing up in Sweden. My mom used to read the Polish version to me when I was a kid. Definitely something I could see myself reading to my future children.
Jan 30, 2016 Colette rated it really liked it
As a child, this book was a favorite after discovering it in 3rd grade. I discovered it again, years later, in the English language section of a bookshop in Stuttgart, Germany. Now, I'm pleased to find it again in yet another phase of life. When rereading childhood favorites, I'm always a bit nervous that they won't hold up. I was not disappointed. The Children of Noisy Village is just as delightful and happily nostalgic as it always was. I'm happy to have found it again at the library (the shod ...more
Věra Škodová
Mar 26, 2015 Věra Škodová rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já vím, číst Děti z Bullerbynu v 16-ti letech... Jo, jsem případ. :D
Christina Ruskjær
Den er så hyggelig.
Jun 25, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
Okay, I am kind of excited! This is the first non-picture book my 5 year old finished with me. I had tried Pippi longstocking and the little prince and neither of those took, but my little one loved this book. It's so funny to me because this book is literally a book with no action in it. It's about a little girl named Lisa who lives with her two brothers in a small village with other kids. They go to school, celebrate holidays and just enjoy being kids. I have to assume my daughter liked it bec ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mommy-s-shelf
This book was excellent and confirms what I thought after I read Ronia the Robber's Daughter...which is that Astrid Lindgren is a wonderful author. The language in this book is totally different than in that book, because this book is told in the voice of the little girl, Lisa, who is the main character. The words are simple, but meaningful and capture her experiences just right! In Ronia, the story is told in the 3rd person and uses a different, more adult style of writing that worked beautiful ...more
Nadja A.
Wirklich herzig, aber teilweise fehlt die grosse Spannung. Sind halt schlussendlich nur Alltagsgeschichten aus Bullerbü. Aber dennoch schön lustig und abenteurlich.

There is so much right with this book.

I'm so lucky as to share a lot of the memories in this book, I know how things feel and smell and so on. Even though there are 50 years between the time this book takes place and my childhood, not a lot seems to have changed.
I don't know what it's like to read this when you can't feel this immediate connection with your own childhood.

And the writing, even though it is, especially at the beginning, much more simple than other Lindgren books (which makes sense
Apr 10, 2013 Catherine rated it it was amazing
When I first brought this book home from the library (based entirely on GR reviews), my 6-year-old son said it looked "lame." However...after I persisted in reading the first few chapters, he was completely won over. This is the charming story of a year in Noisy Village (really just a cluster of three small farms), in long ago Sweden. 1920s? They travel by foot or occasionally horse-drawn sled, but I think there might be mention of a truck. The Children of the title are three girls and three boy ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Malin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth novel by Astrid Lindgren that I have read this summer and, like the rest of them, I loved it.

To be honest though, I have never read or seen anything of this story before. I have heard a lot about it, but never experienced it myself. So finally reading it was fun!

And besides, I really liked it as well! This novel was very different from the others that I have read by Lindgren this far. I enjoy her fantasy novels a lot more though, but "Bullerby boken" was well written, funny an
Tomasz Bogusz
Jan 07, 2014 Tomasz Bogusz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Czytałem Dzieci z Bullerbyn jako dziecko i drugi raz jako osoba dorosła (o ile mogę tak siebie nazwać), bez mrugnięcia okiem znosząc szyderstwa rodziny, która nie potrafiła wykrzesać pojedynczego, mądrego słowa na temat czytania pięknych książek. Zarówno za pierwszym, jak i za drugim razem sprawiała mi ona tyle samo radochy.
W odróżnieniu od Przygód Mikołajka, Dzieci z Bullerbyn to historia, która w żadnym wypadku nie wydaje się wyreżyserowana. To jak pamiętniki z pięknych czasów, pełnych swobod
Eva Stachniak
Apr 15, 2016 Eva Stachniak rated it it was amazing
Read and re-read in my childhood! I still have a copy of it on "my beloved books shelf." I don't know what attracted me to it. The community of the children, their simple adventures, the rivalry between girls and boys. Whatever it was, the memory of my delight is still strong....
Jul 28, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
"The Children of Noisy Village" is such a wonderful book for children!
It is written by Astrid Lindgren, and I think much of the book was probably based on her own childhood growing up in Sweden in the early 1920's. I just loved reading about Anna, Britta, Karl, etc.. and all of their adventures in Noisy Village, a small group of 3 farms clustered together on the outskirts of town. The author makes you feel as if you are right there riding on the sleigh to school in the winter, searching for eggs
Jan 15, 2013 Lorena rated it it was amazing
So, so sweet! It has some funny and cute moments, and some just ordinary moments that make you wish you lived in the olden days. It is perfect for a read-aloud because the chapters are short, have a couple of pictures, and tell a complete story. The last page is my favorite. You can skip ahead and read it, it won't ruin the story, but you won't feel the full effect of it unless you read the whole book first. Just a note, although there are seven children in the story, the protagonist is a girl ( ...more
Oct 22, 2015 Judyn rated it liked it
If Laura Ingalls was Sweedish and lived on a farm with 2 other farm houses next door....pretty cute. Not great, but enjoyable.
Aug 27, 2011 Viktoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, 2011
Lisa erzählt von ihren Abenteuern, die sie gemeinsam mit den anderen Kindern aus Bullerbü, Lasse, Bosse, Inga und Britta, erlebt. In kurzen Kapiteln erfährt man, was die Kinder u Weihnachten, Ostern, in der Schule und sonst noch so machen.
Hätte ich nicht wirklich gedacht, dass ich so viel Spaß haben werde beim Lesen des Buches! Ich musste mich erst auf die kindliche Sprache und die Beschreibungen, die ebenfalls vom kindlichen Standpunnkt aus gemacht werden, einstellen. Ich musste oft kichern un
Dec 14, 2015 Anna added it
Read this to sick wife last night. As a life-long Astrid Lindgren fan, I am an utterly biased reader ... but having not read this book since childhood, I was struck again by how utterly soothing its episodic little stories are. I particularly like the presence of Olaf, whose kindness and generosity are a counterweight to some of the girl vs. boy dynamics the other children at Noisy Village fall into. A soothing story for humans of any age.
Oct 17, 2015 Loralee rated it it was amazing
I don't rate the books I read with the kids here on goodreads, but this one was too cute not to share. We absolutely loved, loved, loved this one. This book had us all in fits of giggles and we were all so sad when it ended. I loved it so much that I bought a copy of it (and its sequel) before even finishing ours from the library. I never do this, that's how much we loved it. I wish that my kids could grow up in Noisy Village.
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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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