Kid’s Book Review: Karlsson on the Roof

Kid’s Book Review: Karlsson on the Roof

About the Book and Illustrator

For readers aged 7 – 9 years this book contains three charming short stories by Astrid Lindgren with lots of fun illustrations in black and white by Mini Grey, making it a really accessible book for young independent readers. The Karlsson series (and also the Pippi Longstocking books by the same author) are published in the UK by Oxford University Press.


Karlson on the Roof

Mini Grey was given her name after being born in a Mini in a car park in Newport, Wales. She studied for an MA in Sequential Illustration at Brighton under the tutelage of John Vernon Lord. Mini also worked as a primary school teacher in Oxford, where she now lives. Her books include Egg Drop, The Pea and the Princess (shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), Biscuit Bear (winner of the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award), Traction Man is Here (winner of the Boston Horn Book Award and shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon (winner of the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Bronze Award and winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), and Traction Man meets Turbodog

Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren 1907 – 2002 wrote 34 chapter books and 41 picture books from her home in Sweden. A staggering 165 million copies and been translated into more than 100 languages.


Book Review

I really enjoyed reading this book and thought it was very funny

Karlson on the roof is a really funny book about a boy called Smidge who finds there is a funny little man living on his roof. The man on the roof is very cheeky and small. He also has a propeller on his back that allows him to fly around.

They get up to lots of mischief and adventures together. My favourite one was when they sneaked into a house and found a baby. Karlson thinks he is the best at everything and thinks he is the best nanny in the world. He gives the baby a sausage on a fork to make it quiet. They then had to run out when the parents came in but they left the sausage on the fork! The babies parents were so mad and it was so funny.

I really enjoyed reading this book and thought it was very funny. Karlson can sometimes be a bit mean, but he is also funny so makes the story great fun.



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Reviewer Profile

Young Reviewer Charlie
  • Name: Charlie
  • Age: 7 years
  • Likes: adventuring, climbing and reading
  • Dislikes: singing and dancing
  • Favourite Book: The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
  • Favourite Song: Jump Around by House of Pain
  • Favourite Film: the Harry Potter films