• R.I.P. Inger Sandberg, 92, author of Little Anna series (1964-1982)

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    By Sneha Patro.

    Inger Sandberg, celebrated author and co-creator of beloved children’s books such as “Lilla spöket Laban,” has sadly passed away at the age of 92, as confirmed by her family. Together with her husband Lasse Sandberg, Inger Sandberg was a pioneer
    in the field of children’s literature, captivating young readers with their endearing stories and imaginative illustrations.
    Inger Sandberg’s Enduring Contribution to Children’s Literature

    Inger Sandberg, born in Karlstad in 1930, was an iconic figure in Swedish children’s literature. Alongside her husband Lasse Sandberg, she penned numerous cherished stories, leaving an indelible mark on generations of young readers. The couple made
    their literary debut in 1953 with “Fåret Ullrik får medalj,” but it was their creation “Lilla Anna” in the 1960s that catapulted them to widespread recognition. Inger Sandberg’s ability to craft simple yet profound narratives, combined with
    Lasse Sandberg’s illustrations, revolutionized picture books for young children during a time when such offerings were scarce.
    Inger Sandberg’s Timeless Appeal and Innovative Approach

    Rebecka Wolff, the publisher at Rabén & Sjögren, reflects on Inger and Lasse Sandberg’s significant contributions to the literary world. Their works continue to be published in new editions, attesting to their timeless appeal. Inger Sandberg’s
    stories, marked by their simplicity and educational value, resonated with readers across generations. She fearlessly championed the rights of children to think independently and showcased a delightful sense of humor throughout her narratives. Boel Westin,
    an emeritus professor of literary studies at Stockholm University, also recognizes Inger Sandberg’s innovative artistic pedagogy, emphasizing the enduring impact of her internationally renowned creation, “Lilla spöket Laban.”

    (8 Kirkus reviews)

    (birthday post from 2020, with a long booklist and many links)


    Her awards include "Hans Christian Andersen honorable mention and
    International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) honorable
    mention, both 1966." Plus the Astrid Lindgren Prize in 1974.

    (Mind you, she was not a finalist in 1966, because there was NO Swedish finalist for the HCAA in 1966!)

    Her works have been translated into 32 languages.

    To my surprise, after her first child was born, her
    husband was the homemaker - in the 1950s!

    (reader reviews)

    (book covers)

    I knew her as a kid for the book Nicholas' Favorite Pet (1967, translated in 1969). Her husband Lasse Sandberg illustrated it. In it, a boy keeps saying he wants a dog, but no one seems to pay any attention, so he starts asking for more exotic pets
    instead, like an elephant, a rhino, a hippo, a snake, a crocodile, and a lion.

    "Nicholas is full of ideas about the best possible family pet. His
    father and mother have somewhat different ideas. An elephant, says
    Nicholas, could wash the car, blow-dry Mommy's hair, and replace the
    school bus. Elephants belong in Africa, observes his father."

    "If I had a hippopotamus," said Nicholas, "I'd soon learn to swim."

    "That would be cheating," said his father. "You keep practicing with
    your water wings."

    (some synopses)

    Here's one:

    Where does all that smoke come from? by Inger Sandberg, 1972

    "Two children discover the town's air pollution problem is caused mainly by a dragon who smokes thirty cigarettes at one time."

    (blog on her books)


    "Just as Laban was born to deal with the dark, many of the books were written by Inger to cover a small matter of some importance to small people everywhere. I really like the sound of the story about the man who suddenly shrinks and discovers what it is
    like to be small and treated like a child again. He becomes a children’s politician after that, with notes explaining to young readers what a politician is."

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