Astrid Lindgren (November 14, 1907 – January 28, 2002) was a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. She is best known for children’s book series featuring Pippi Longstocking, Emil i Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, and the Six Bullerby Children (Children of Noisy Village in the U.S.), as well as the children’s fantasy novels Mio min Mio, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter and The Brothers Lionheart. As of May 2013, she is the world’s third most-translated children’s writer after Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. Lindgren has sold roughly 144 million books worldwide.
My very favorite Astrid Lindgren stories are of the Tomten. In 2011, I created 8-bit versions of the Tomten and Pippi Longstocking. Five years later, I got around to creating their creator. Lindgren is the second Astrid character I’ve published in the past few weeks. The first was Astrid Kirchherr. In other news, my wife is now 39 weeks pregnant. We are expecting our second daughter very soon. Yesterday, being Independence Day, was a time for sparklers with Ramona, our two-year-old who will turn three in August. We almost named her Astrid.