Children’s Shrinklit.

October 19, 2010 By arne hendriks 0

There is a lot of of children’s literature involving little or shrunken characters. These stories sparked our imagination as a child and in many cases continue to do so, consciously and subconsciously. In the Netherlands we have Pinkeltje and Wiplala, in Sweden it’s Simon Small, in England you have the Borrowers. We will try over the next months to establish a list of the most important children’s shrinklit from around the world and throughout history. For adult literature we reserved a place here. If you remember a (children’s) book involving small characters we much appreciate it if you let us know so we can add it.

The children’s shrinklit list so far:

Alf PrøysenMrs. Pepperpot

The Shrinking of TreehornFlorence Parry Heide

The Borrowers – Mary Norton

Iep! – Joke van Leeuwen

The Nome Trilogy – Terry Prachett

The Carpet People – Terry Prachett

Wiplala – Annie M. G. Schmit

Pinkeltje – Dick Laan

Simon Small moves in – Astrid Lindgren

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Mopsa the fairy – Jean Ingelow

Le Petit Poucet – Charles Perrault

Tommelise – Hans Christian Andersen

And a great website with dozens of folktales similar to Tommelise from all over the world.

Little Lasse – Finnish folktale

Tom Thumb – British folktale

Teskjekjerringa – Alf Prøysen

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie – May Gibbs

Nils Holgersson -Selma Lagerlöf

Charlie and the chocolate factory – Roald Dahl