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Pippi in the South Seas

(Pippi Långstrump #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  17,110 ratings  ·  289 reviews
"Any reappearance of the irrepressible Pippi Longstocking is cause for celebration. This installment is no exception." -The New York Times ...more
Hardcover, 126 pages
Published September 18th 1959 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published 1948)
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My favourite bit is the song "Sjörövar-Fabbe" - though, as Gulla points out below, this isn't actually in the book, only the movie. It's about Pippi's great-grandfather, Fabbe, who despite being a fearsome pirate has a tendency to become seasick any time the waves get a little rough. Most Swedish three year olds can sing the refreshingly simple chorus: "Oj, oj-oj-oj, oj-oj-oj!" If you're curious, you can hear Drängarna singing it on Youtube.

I wondered how difficult it would be to convey to non-S
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Pippi is like reading Plato, but better because Socrates didn't have a monkey named Mr. Nilsson. The faux simpleton toys with the stiffs before devastating them with some Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart Technique of logic.

"Now then," she said finally, "will you tell me how you spell 'seasick'?"
"I'll be glad to," said Pippi, "S-e-e-s-i-c-k."
Miss Rosenblom smiled - a sour smile. "Is that so?" she said. "The dictionary spells it differently."
"Then it was very lucky that you wanted to know h
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
What I hoped would be a good story to read, was really disappointing. In my memory Pippi was funny and cheeky, in this book she came of as arrogant and smart Aleck. The stories were short and easy to read. Wished it would have been more funny. A shame!

Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: redheaded children, grown women who still wear patched frocks, little girls, feminists
i re-read all the pippi books every year, usually in the spring. just to keep in touch with my inner child, you know. this is the last of the original pippi books, in which pippi, tommy, & annika board captain longstocking's ship, the hoptoad, & set sail for the south seas cannibal island where he is king. hijinks ensue, such as pippi telling off a shark, protecting the island's pearls from robbers, & promising with tommy & annika to never grow up. i like this book, although i am the first to ad ...more
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had gone with Pippi to the South Seas. It must have been really fun! I was Pippi for Halloween and I think that's what made me want to finish the series. I had already read book 1 and I kept putting off reading the rest. But being Pippi for Halloween inspired me to read the other 2 books. And I'm really glad I did because they're both funny. My favorite part was how Pippi always got away from the bad guys, sometimes by lying and sometimes by telling the truth. This made them confused ab ...more
Cherie In the Dooryard
My kids love Pippi. They love how she does all the things they aren't supposed to do, she's a kind of transgressive fantasy. But she does it all with such a good heart; this little smart-alack is motivated by love, confidence, and a tremendous sense of humor. If you are looking for A++ girl role models that are still funny and fun to read, Pippi is the way to go. ...more
Seale Ballenger
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I was seven years old on my first visit to New York and FAO Schwartz, my parents told me that i could pick out one of whatever I wanted. I got this. BOOK NERD!
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this aloud to my daughter, after reading the other two Pippi books. She hangs on every word and when one chapter ends, nearly salivates for the next. Each chapter is a nearly self-contained episode, and works quite well for bedtime stories. Inspired by her heroine, she's tried to sleep "upside down" with her feet on the pillow. Amusingly, my son (a bit older) pretends not to care, but hangs just around the corner whenever one of the books opens, clearly listening to all Pippi's adventures ...more
C Wharton
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C by: Liz the Librarian (Hawarden Library)
It was so funny I spat my hot chocolate out when I was reading It.
I love Pippi, Mr Nelson and her horse.
And on the back of the book it says...
"Have you ever given a shark a good telling-off? Pippi has!"
"Do you know what a squeazle is? Pippi does!
"Can you carry your dad on your shoulders? Pippi can!"
Pippi can do anything!
I enjoyed the first Pippi book. This had some fun moments and it didn't really draw me in the same way. It is strange Pippi would choose to live separate from her father. Pippi is a strong and fun character. I enjoy that about her. Maybe children would enjoy it more than an adult. ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Too good. Re-read from my childhood years.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With the current reading slump, plus difficulties to focus on anything more complicated than a child's tale, my old childhood favorite was an ideal choice. I have loved Pippi ever since I can remember, it is my only childhood book which has survived several flat moves and still has sentimental value for me. She was everything I was not - outspoken, outgoing, extroverted, strong, independent, loud, adventurous and funny. She was my first role model and I have a strong suspicion I even selected a ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
This story didn't add much to the world or character of Pippi Longstocking.(view spoiler)

Although it was an enjoyable read hearing how Pippi tackles each situation and how
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the adventures of Pippi and her friends on a tropical island. It's the first Pippi book I've read as an adult. Now I understand why some adults read children's literature as a mood enhancer! I was laughing before I had even finished the first paragraph. Translators must find that part quite challenging and I doubt they can give it justice in any other language (apart from Norwegian), but that's more of a loss to the adult reader than to the target audience. Great book - I woul ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this to the kids. Pippi is the person every child wishes they could be: the strongest girl in the world, living in her own house where she gets to do whatever she wants, with a horst and a monkey, rich as a troll, and friends with all the kids in town. I always enjoy reading the Pippi Longstocking books and it was especially fun this time with the kids.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final Pippi book isn't quite as charming as the first 2, but fun nonetheless. ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am going through a purge, so I am trying to knock off a few short books (mostly children's books) I own that I have no issue discarding after.

That being said, I'm glad it was short. Although I enjoyed watching the show/movie as a child so far as to have attempted to imitate her hairstyle, now that I am an adult her character has lost all her charm on me. The final chapter did have her doing a sweet and mature gesture for her friends who missed Christmas, but for the majority of the stories she
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love these books so much and while I was braced for the racial stereotypes of the South Pacific 'Natives' it actually wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Fairly period typical colonialism, but beyond that it was as enjoyable as I remember from when I was little and reading about sharks getting biffed on the snout with cocoanuts. ...more
Chris Cowan
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This short book is at least as anarchically delightful as the other 2 Pippi books. Given the news today, I might just read all 3 again. Astrid Lindgren is such a good writer and brings the pure joy of being a child to these old bones. Perfect
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming conclusion to the Pippi stories. I’m glad I read them again, after so many years.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
My kids and I enjoyed listening to an audio recording of the first Pippi book. I read them about 2/3 of this book. We enjoyed it but we were all ready to abandon it before we finished. Cute and funny enough but not enough to hold our interest.
Carmon   Simon
I loved this book as a child and I've thoroughly enjoyed reading it to my 5 year old daughter ❤️ ...more
"Irrepressible Nordic Pixie Takes Charge!"

This red-headed little rascal has charmed young readers all over the world with her high-spirited antics. Pippi Longstocking—only child of Capitan Longstocking—is a freckle-faced youngster whose flaming braids tick out from her head as if starched! This personable pixie heroine considers herself nearly perfect, as do most of the children she encounters.

Self-sufficient, undaunted and unflappable, Pippi amazes all comers with Her outlandish skills: the
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
In this installment, Pippi, Tommy, and Annika visit Pippi's father on Kurrekurredutt Island in the South Seas. Even though the location has changed, most of the chapters had a bit of that "more of the same" feel.

Pippi is as adventurous, optimistic, brave, selfless, and loyal as always. While on the island, Pippi faces down two sea-faring bandits who were up to no good, similar to the way in which she handled two would-be burglars in the first book.

One chapter that stands out to me takes place

I prefer the second book to this one, but it was alright. It didn't seem at all familiar to me, so I don't think I ever got around to reading this one even though I own it. It's slightly uncomfortable at times with the way they refer to the natives of the island... And Tommy can be quite the bully to his sister sometimes! Also, there's a girl called Moana. :)
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pippi Longstocking is a little girl who lives by herself in her house, Villa Villekulla. When her father sends a message for Pippi to come join him on his island, her and her friends, Tommy and Annika board the boat and join Pippi's father in the south seas. There, Pippi wrestles with sharks, Catches robbers, and play marbles with pearls. But Tommy and Annika want to be home for Christmas. Will they get back in time?

I picked up this book because I read the first two Pippi Longstocking books, and
Ann Moody
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We read a "non-cannibal" translation by Gerry Bothmer. Another reviewer noted some potentially offensive language in a different translation. When we read the prior books in the series, I was not crazy about Pippi's dad being referred to as a "cannibal king" either. This version used either the terms "South Sea Islanders" or "Kurrekurredutts" to refer to the inhabitants of the island of the same name. Likewise, the native children she befriends were portrayed in a respectful manner, speaking in ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids
Recommended to Jason by: Nobody
Shelves: child-lit, 2019
Read in this Pippi compilation.

2.5 stars rounded up.

Third verse, same as the first (and second).

One difference between this book and the first two is that this is more novel-like after the first few chapters. I also liked her dealings with the bandits, so that gives this one a plus. As for the rest, just see my other reviews linked above. I've really nothing more to add; the stories are that interchangeable.
Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-reading, kids
What a delightful story! Our entire family has enjoyed reading this one about a sassy little spark of a girl and her antics. My husband and I take turns reading books to our sons at night, and this has been the first book in memory where we both join on the other parents' night because we don't want to miss a chapter.

That said, I have to admit that I find myself doing a little clever censoring as I read this book to my 5- and almost-3- year-olds. There are isolated spots in the story that are r
Mar 21, 2011 added it
Recommended to Yasmin by: Y'all's Feud Made Me Want To Read It
Does it even count as read if I could only handle seventeen pages? (15 from the beginning, and then two of the last chapter--then I realized that I don't care how it ends.
The Prose = Awful
Pippi's Friends = It seems as if this is how readers are supposed to insert themselves into the story, because Annika and Tommy are so freaking bland that I had to look their names up again a minute after reading a portion of the book--it's like Bella Swan for kiddies. Except instead of "all gir
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Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, née Ericsson, (1907 - 2002) 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 165 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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