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Visst är Lotta en glad unge by Astrid Lindgren
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Jul 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children, well-i-think-its-funny, swedish-norwegian-and-danish

Lotta, whom you may already have met in Barnen på Bråkmakargatan , has a foul temper and a total unwillingness to do as she's told. But she's an extremely resourceful five year old, and she's used to sorting out little family crises; just as well, since her father is utterly disorganized and often forgets essential items. Last Christmas, he arrived too late to get the last tree, but Lotta found one that, literally, fell off the back of a truck. Now it's Easter, and Lotta is not surprised at all when she overhears him telling Mom that there are no eggs for their Easter Egg hunt.

Lotta goes down to the candy store on the corner, and her luck is in again. Though the owner, nice Mr. Vassilis, isn't feeling so lucky. In fact, he's almost in tears. He's closing down his store and moving back to Greece. Lotta asks why.

"Damn Saturday candy," mutters Mr. Vassilis bitterly. (The tradition in Sweden is that kids only get candy on Saturday). "What's wrong with this country? How can a candy store survive if kids only get candy once a week?"

Lotta feels sorry for Mr. Vassilis, but she also guesses that there might be something in it for her. She asks about his Christmas assortment. Amazingly enough, Mr. Vassilis has already got his collection of chocolate angels and Santa Clauses. "You might as well have them," he says. "No way I'll sell them now." He gives Lotta the whole box.

Lotta has such a terrific secret! She drags the box home without anyone noticing her and goes out in the garden, where she strategically distributes the candy. Then she sneaks in. The bad news is now generally known, and everyone is blaming each other for not buying eggs in time.

"Why not check the garden anyway?" asks Lotta innocently. In the end, they go out to humor her.

WTF?? No one can figure out what's happened. There is candy, but from the wrong time of year! They beg Lotta for an explanation.

"I can do almost anything!" says Lotta proudly.

My kids loved this story when they were Lotta's age.
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Started Reading
January 1, 1994 – Finished Reading
July 16, 2011 – Shelved
July 16, 2011 – Shelved as: children
July 16, 2011 – Shelved as: well-i-think-its-funny
July 16, 2011 – Shelved as: swedish-norwegian-and-danish

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Manny Thank you! It is indeed very charming :) And after looking around for a few minutes, I find it's been translated as Lotta's Easter Surprise... I've combined the editions. I see it has the original Ilon Wikland illustrations, which are, as usual, a perfect complement to the text. IMHO, one of the greatest children's author/illustrator combinations of all time...

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