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Frida Nilsson, Stina Wirsen, Julia Marshall

A funny, lively, sympathetic illustrated chapter book about a street-smart country girl in her first year of school, from internationally award-winning Frida Nilsson.   

Hattie is a street-smart country girl in her first year of school. She lives just outside of nowhere, right next to no one at all. Luckily she’s starting school and that brings new adventures. Hattie gets her first swimming badge, falls madly in love with a hermit crab and meets a best friend. Sometimes things go wrong-like when the hairdresser cuts her hair into stumps just in time for school photos. Or when she happens to accidentally say in class that her new neighbour has three white horses she can ride on.   

Hattie is a funny, lively and sympathetic chapter book, perfect for reading aloud and for newly independent readers-from Frida Nilsson, whose award-winning Ice Sea Pirates was an international bestseller.


Hattie is six years old. She lives in a ‘tiny, tiny town’ in the Swedish countryside. She is about to start school. Swedish author Frida Nilsson’s new book Hattie is, as its title suggests, the story of this young girl. If any of this sounds like a story you’ve heard before, I can assure you that it is not. In fact, it’s a completely wild ride – from hysterical laughing to nail-biting nerves, Hattie puts you through your paces. For a large part this is because she is a huge troublemaker. Yet what makes her antics so amusing is that her impulsiveness leads them to (nearly) go very wrong – Hattie gets a little more than she bargained for!

The Swedes have a history of writing children’s books that deal subtly and hilariously with the absurdities of growing up. Frida Nilsson is a worthy successor to the great Astrid Lindgren, and indeed Hattie could very easily be this generation’s Pippi Longstocking – Hattie’s story makes me think of the ever-relevant Longstocking quote – ‘I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that’. When it comes to Hattie, I can only wholeheartedly agree.

Jeremy George works as a bookseller at Readings Malvern

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