Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mio, My Son - a bookwrap

And this is just what this book will in your heart forever once you've read it.  


Authored by Astrid Lindgren, who was the creator of Pippi Longstocking, illustrated by Ilon Wiklund, and translated from the Swedish by Jill Morgan.   

This book is brought back to you compliments of "The New York Review Children's Collection"

The New York Review Children’s Collection began in 2003 in an attempt to reward readers who have long wished for the return of their favorite titles and to introduce those books to a new generation of readers. The line publishes picture books for preschoolers through to chapter books and novels for older children. Praised for their elegant design and sturdy bindings, these books set a new standard for the definition of a “classic.” Among the titles you will find Wee Gillis, a Caldecott Honor Book by the creators of The Story of Ferdinand; Esther Averill’s time-honored Jenny and the Cat Club series;  The House of Arden by E. Nesbit, one of J.K. Rowling’s favorite writers; several titles by the award-winning team of Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire, including their Book of Norse Myths and Book of Animals; James Thurber’s The Thirteen Clocksand The Wonderful O, both with illustrations by Marc Simont. Not to be missed is the classic animal adventure story Bel Ria by Sheila Burnford, the author of The Incredible Journey; Lucretia Hale’s hilarious The Peterkin Papers; James Cloyd Bowman’s Newbery Honor Book, Pecos Bill; and holiday favorites by John Masefield, The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights.

Unwrapping some illustrations for you ...

About the book...

  1. Mio, My Son is a children's book by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. It was first published in 1954 in Sweden, with the Swedish title Mio, min Mio. The writing is stylised and the story strongly reminiscent of traditional fairy tales and folklore. Wikipedia
  2. Published1954

  3. Nine-year-old Karl Anders Nilsson is an orphaned boy who is fostered by a mean couple who really wanted a girl but settled for him.   His mother died at birth and nobody even bothered to trace where his father may be so he was placed in an orphanage. Poor Karl is treated very poorly by the couple and he feels ever so lonely and unloved.  He yearns to find his real father and have a relationship with him like his best friend Ben has with his father....someone that will care and cherish him dearly.  

    Then, on October 15th, he simply disappears, without a trace, right off the face of the earth...literally.  How could that possibly happen?  Feeling very sad and downtrodden that day, while sitting on a park bench beside himself with sadness, he encounters a genie in a bottle, and once released Karl is granted one wish.  He wishes to locate his dad and instantly he finds himself speeding to a land far, far away called, FarawayLand. He meets his dad who is the beloved King there and a very happy reunion ensues.  Karl find out he is really Mio and a dangerous challenge faces him, one that can only be successful and carried out by someone in the royal bloodline. Prophesies have declared his coming for thousands of years and the mission he is to carry out is very dangerous indeed.  

    He acquires a new friend, Pompoo, and a magical flying horse with a golden mane named, Miramis, to help him conquer evil Sir Kato, the cruel abductor of children of in Farawayland.  Can a small, untrained little boy face such a force of evil and destroy him restoring happiness and tranquility back to his father's kingdom?  Will Mio be brave enough to even try?  This story will have you reading intently right up to the very last page.  I highly, highly recommend this book.  Fairytales do come true ...

    About the author...

    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.

    What others are saying...


    “A tale of exquisite and rare beauty.”
    —Saturday Review
    “Beautifully written…with sensitive illustrations, Mio, My Son is a splendid contribution to the fairy-tale shelf.”
    —Chicago Sunday Tribune
    “A charming fairy story that should complement young feelings of love and adventure.”
    —Kirkus Reviews

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