Children’s Day in Bullerbu was the most difficult of all the Noisy Village books to find. Copies of the book surface online, but are expensive – 2 copies on Amazon.co.uk are currently for sale for 113 pounds ($168) – plus shipping. Huge thanks go out to Saltkråkan AB for finding this book for me to read!
This book (originally Barnens Dag I Bullerbyn, 1966) was translated by David Henry Wilson and illustrated by Katrin Engelking. Another version with pictures by Ilon Wikland exists titled A Day At Bullerby, but I read this version. The book was published in Great Britain in 1967 with reprints in 1974 and 1979. I don’t think it was ever published in the United States.
This tells the story of when the Bullerby children decide to throw a Children’s Day for little Kerstin. Kerstin, however, is having none of it. Every idea they come up with leads to screaming. Eventually the kids decide to try to replicate a roller coaster. They tie a rope around Kerstin’s waist and lower her out the window. This is such a terrible idea. I had to laugh, because I can’t imagine this being published today, in this litigious age. Of course, I think it’s great.
The older kids fail to severely maim Kerstin despite their best efforts, and all ends well. This was my last Noisy Village book, and my second-to-last Astrid Lindgren book overall. There is definitely some sadness at having finished this series. I grew to rather like these kids. Especially when they start dangling toddlers out of the window.
My favorite line: Then Aunt Lisa came and said if we did any more stupid things with Kerstin we could be in for something nasty.
Also, I’m totally amazed by this postage stamp printed from Sweden. Happy 70th Anniversary, Pippi!