Cover of Emil and the Detectives.

Emil and the Detectives

author: Erich Kästner (1928)
date read: 2004-12-01
pages: 224
lists: five-stars , german , kids
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Charming adventures in Berlin of the 1920s? Children taking on adults together? Wild chases and solidarity? All this, and more. Emil is infinitely relatable as he travels to the big city, is robbed and tries to recover the money. Emil is just a good kid in a bad situation, and seeing him grow and manage to muddle through and make friends is heart-warming.

Fun Fact

This book is the reason why Astrid Lindgren’s Emil is called Michel in German. Can’t have two Emils, apparently!

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