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Bookbed reviews: ‘The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules’ by Catherine Ingelman-Sundberg

BY MIKKI SHIU

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THE STORY

In The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catherine Ingelman-Sundberg, 79-year-old Martha has no intention of staying put in one place and do nothing. She and her friends, collectively called the League of Pensioners, all agree that “even the prisoners at the correctional had better food and treatment” than they did. Dreaming of a life of adventure, the League of Pensioners devise a plan to rebel against the recent change in management and leave the pension house to live for a short time in a well-known establishment.

The elderly ladies’ crimes become more and more daring as they do one bad thing and another. The authorities are stumped, wondering what kind of syndicate could create such a huge uproar in the city of Stockholm. Never could they imagine a group of pensioners to be able to pull off such cunning unlawful acts and get away with it.

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Pen and ink, rendered in markers by Mikki Shiu

WHAT I LIKED

I was initially attracted to this book because of its creative cover and very long but cute title. This is another Swedish book that I have read (the first one was The Girl Who Save The King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson). What interests me about Swedish books are the kilometric titles, artistic book covers and comedic story line or genre, in general. (Maybe I’ll research and make a review about it on why their books are mostly in this pattern!)

I love how every chapter of this book made me laugh. The idea of elderly people doing such things is entertaining to think about—breaking all the rules and being rebellious in their advanced years makes the story interesting. When I reached reading midway, I couldn’t put it down because it was so exciting and engaging. I even felt a mix of suspense and thrill in some parts, especially where they were on the brink of getting caught doing the crimes they so carefully planned.

tl;dr

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catherine Ingelman-Sundberg is well-written and easy to read. The author portrayed the characters so well and descriptively—as a cool and renegade group of grandpas and grandmas—and it helped me identify the distinct qualities of the five main characters in the story. ☁

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