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The Tomten and the Fox

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“This is a bedtime story that small children will want to hear over and over again.”—The New Yorker

In this sequel to the classic The Tomten, the creator of Pippi Longstocking adapts a Swedish folk tale into a beloved children’s story. When a hungry fox wanders into a farm late at night looking for food, the guard troll Tomten finds a way to keep the farm animals safe and feed the fox at the same time.


  • Written and illustrated by Astrid Lindgren.
  • Published by Puffin Books, October 6, 1997.
  • Ages 4 to 8 years 
  • 0.17" H x 7.14" L x 9.96" W (0.3 Lbs) 32 pages
  • Softcover



“The illustrations have a luminous beauty. There’s a kind, quiet calm here that warms the winter air.”—The New York Times

“Charming, hushed illustrations and quiet text together evoke the soft, snowy silence and winter beauty of a Swedish night. The troll Tomten mercifully saves the farm animals from the depredations of Reynard the fox, and manages to assuage the fox’s hunger to boot!”—School Library Journal (starred review)