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Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
Where in the bookstore (or library) does Pippi Longstocking belong—Children's Lit? YA Lit? Adult Lit? Of course, that's only the first $500K of the question. For the rest of the million, tell us why.
Is Pippi Longstocking just a series of fictitious anecdotes, or does it actually have a plot and a traditional story arc? Is there a climax or a conclusion? A turning point in the narrative? Does Pippi undergo any kind of change or transition? Explain away.
How would Pippi Longstocking be different if the stories were virtually the same but the main character were a boy? Pepe Tubesocks, perhaps?
Pippi is just ten years old at the end of this book. Given what you know of her now, what do you think she will be like in ten more years? What about twenty?
Pippi does just fine sharing her house with a monkey and a horse, but what would it be like if she lived with an identical twin sister who shared not just her appearance but her personality, too? Is there room in Villa Villekulla (or anywhere) for more than one Pippi?
Do you think Pippi's father will eventually come back for her? What would you expect to happen if he did? How would her life change? How would it stay the same?