June 2014, Oxford University Press, 112 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Summary from Oxford University Press
Lisa lives in a tiny place called Noisy Village with all her friends, and with so many children living
there, it's a very noisy place indeed!
Astrid is the author of the Pippi Longstocking books, which I remember only vaguely from when I was little. The Children of Noisy Village have so much fun! It seems like an idyllic childhood, as they are free to go where there wish (mostly). It's funny how the boys and girls separate, create their own dens and games. I loved how the girls figured out where the boys hid. I loved the way the tree was used for them to get to each others' rooms. It was sweet how they took care of their teacher when she was sick, and how they treated one of the mostly lonely old men. The note about how taking birds eggs is now illegal is a reminder of how things have changed, yet this book reads as a timeless tale.
Another classic read full of fun, adventure and danger is Little House In Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Children's, 9 years +, 10E/10E)