Silly Pippi, it's been a long time since I've read this book. Her odd manner got me laughing more often than Micah, though he soon would join because laughter is contagious. My favorite part:
Background: Pippi takes Tommy and Annika on a picnic. Pippi has just tried to fly off a tall rock and has landed with a thud on the ground.
"Pippi got up and brushed off her knees. 'I forgot to flap.' she said joyfully, 'and I guess i had too many pancakes in my stomach.'
At that moment the children noticed that Mr. Nilson (the pet monkey) had disappeared. He had evidently gone off on a little expedition of his own. They remembered that they had last seen him contentedly chewing the picnic basket to pieces, but during Pippi's flying experiment they had forgotten him. And now he was gone.
Pippi was so angry that she threw her shoe into a big deep pool of water. 'You should never take monkeys with you anywhere,' she said. 'He should have been left at home to pick fleas off the horse. That would have served him right,' she continued, wading out into the pool to get her shoe. The water reached up to her waist.
'I might as well take advantage of this and wash my hair,' said Pippi and ducked her head under the water and kept it there so long that the water began to bubble.
'There now, I've saved a visit to the hairdresser,' she said contentedly when at last she came up for air."
Well, our trip to the lake did not save us a trip to the hairdresser, that's for sure. Only Pippi. I just love that girl.