Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Adventures of Mrs Pepperpot

Author- Alf Proysen
Illustrator- Hilda Offen
Publisher- Red Fox, UK
Ages- 3-6 yrs

Mrs. Pepperpot (Norwegian: Teskjekjerringa, translation: the teaspoon lady) is a fictional character in a series of children's books created by the Norwegian author Alf Prøysen and was first published in the 1950s.


I found Mrs Pepperpot as a Diwali gift for my daughter. And she turned out to be a lovely find.

The main character Mrs. Pepperpot, is an elderly lady with a secret - she shrinks to the size of a pepperpot, every now and then, without warning . This leads to funny and fun situations which she manages to cope with and come out a winner! Whenever she shrinks she also acquires the ability to talk to animals who help her out in her escapades.

In all this she has the ability to laugh at herself and is cheerful and resourceful , a wonderful role model without intending to be one...


Mrs Pepperpot is a much loved and lengthy series. This particular abridged version contains two episodes - Mrs Pepperpot learns to Swim and Mrs Pepperpot minds the baby- with colourful and vivid illustrations that will keep even the wee ones enchanted.

In the first story, Mrs Pepperpot is eager to swim and jumps into the village pond and finds herself in what looks like an ocean to her- yes she shrinks. She finds an unlikely mentor and coach in a frog with his team of babies- tadpoles.

In the baby minding episode, the baby thinks Mrs Pepperpot ( the shrunken version) is a doll and keeps chanting "Wan' dolly!" and tries to play rough with her as he would a toy. She has to summon all her skills to be able to minimise the damage to her home and keep the baby from danger.

In both cases she shrinks as soon as she has to take responsibility but we see her rise to the occasion despite her diminished size and therefore limited means.

Anush and I felt that she would make a good companion to Mrs Armitage who though not magical, is pretty adventurous and pleasant.

12 comments:

Choxbox said...

Lovely pick, nice review, much-liked in these parts!

Arundhati said...

Nice review. Loved the choice of words and the way you have put it-
"shrinks as soon as she has to take responsibility but we see her rise to the occasion despite her diminished size and therefore limited means. "

"In all this she has the ability to laugh at herself and is cheerful and resourceful , a wonderful role model without intending to be one..."

utbtkids said...

Sounds lovely Art. Will look for this book.

artnavy said...

Thanks all...am sure the kids will lap this up..

And Chox I went to the book fair !! I did !

Meera Sriram said...

Was thinking about it, and you said it..in the last line:) Sounds delightful - Mrs.P and her episodes!

artnavy said...

meera-
Am surprised you guys have not seen it in the US?

Thought it may be popular there. really nice ones yes.

sandhya said...

We have a paperback compilation of 40 stories called- Mrs Pepperpot Stories, also by Red Fox- and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Should revisit them. Nice review, Art.

artnavy said...

Sandhya
i will borrow that from u next time and we LOVED Diary of a Wombat!! Thanks.

nanands said...

She shrinks to conquer... cool!

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Anonymous said...

Is there any chance of getting an indian edition ? It's very expensive for middle class indians.

artnavy said...

Hey anon
Join a library like Hippo/ Just Books I say! or I look out for book sales and second hand book stores

This one was first hand but at Rs 250 for 2 stories- so in fact reasonable...avail at odyssey

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