Lotta is a fun girl. She’s not as accident-prone as Emil, not as grown-up as Pippi, and not as sweet as the Children of Noisy Village. Yet she has aspects of all these characters in her.
In Lotta’s Easter Surprise (originally Visst ar Lotta en glad unge, 1990), Lotta discovers that the candy store in town is going out of business. Vasilis, the Greek dude who runs the shop, accuses the Swedes of not eating enough candy. He’s heading home. He has a bunch of leftover Christmas candy that he’s going to throw out, so he gives it to Lotta. Lotta hides it.
At home, Lotta later realizes that the Easter bunny won’t be able to visit this year due to the shop closing. In a bold move, Lindgren blows the secrets of Santa and the Easter Bunny in one fell swoop. Lotta decides to share all her Christmas candy from Vasilis and hide it around the yard like the Easter Bunny would do.
This is a sweet book, especially considering Ilon Wikland’s excellent pictures. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for young children because it does blatantly give away secrets that are best not divulged to the intended audience. I’m not sure why Lindgren felt the need to include such details. It seems out of character for Lindgren to take some magic away when all her previous books have worked to pump some magic back into the world.
Best line: Dad was always good to have around, but Lotta didn’t want to have him all mixed up with the Easter bunny and the real Santa.