Grandpa is a Pirate by Jan Loof

Sweden’s Holy War on Children’s Books

In 1966, one of Sweden’s most popular children’s writers, Jan Lööf, published Grandpa is a Pirate, an illustrated children’s book, which featured, among other characters, the wicked pirate Omar and the street peddler, Abdullah. The book has been a bestseller ever since, and has been translated into English (as My Grandpa is a Pirate), Spanish, French and other languages. Ten years ago, 100,000 copies of it were even distributed to the Swedish public with McDonald’s Happy Meals, as part of an initiative to support reading among children.

  • Maggat

    I find the move to label any books, music, films etc offensive to be extremely offensive and I’m not easily offended.

    • I’m offended you’re offended.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    At this point in Sweden’s downward spiral, who still gives a shit?

  • V10_Rob

    Added it to my ‘To Get’ list. I’ll put it on my shelf next to my copy of Blazing Saddles.

    • Shebel

      Make sure that you alert and wide awake when you start to read-it.
      It is very deep.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Let’s hope that Sweden simply criminalizes literacy and burns all their books.