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Book Title: Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver|
Edition: Overlook Juvenile
Date of issue: July 27th 1990
ISBN 13: 9780879513917
The author of the book: Michael Ende
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 710 KB
Read full description of the books Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver:"Pippi," said Annika one day when they were eating pancakes in Villa Villekulla's pleasant kitchen, "Everyone knows you're the strongest person in the world. But who's next strongest?"
"Starke Adolf," said Pippi at once. "Remember I wrestled him to the ground at the fair and won a hundred kronor?"
"Oh yes!" said Tommy. "Of course. And who's third?"
"Ah," said Pippi. "I'm glad you asked me that question. It's my old friend Lukas the Engine-Driver, and now I think I need to go visit him again."
"Where does he live?" asked Annika.
"He lives in Lummerland," said Pippi. "Lummerland is the smallest country in the world. It's a little island and there's only room for four people. There's the King, and Herr Ärmel, and Frau Waas, and Lukas. And his engine. She is called Emma, and she is brave and loyal but not very smart. Engines never are you know."
"And he's really the third strongest person in the world?" asked Tommy.
"He certainly is!" said Pippi. "He can twist an iron bar into a knot with his bare hands and he is amazingly good at spitting. He can spit even better than I can. He can spit out a lighted match at twenty paces and make his spit do a loop on the way."
"But that's impossible," said Tommy. "I mean how--"
"Impossible for you," said Pippi. "Impossible for me. Even impossible for my father, Captain Långstrump, who is the spitting champion of the whole of the South Seas. But not impossible for Lukas the Engine-Driver. He has a special secret trick."
Tommy was about to ask another question, but Annika, who thought spitting was disgusting, interrupted him.
"You said Lummerland was only big enough for four people," she said.
"That's right," said Pippi. "Just enough for four people. And Emma. And the King's castle, and Frau Waas's shop, and two mountains and a railway line. And a tiny bit over."
"But what would happen if someone had a baby?" asked Annika.
"That is exactly what happened," said Pippi. "One day, a packet arrived at Lummerland. They opened it up and there was a baby boy inside. A black baby boy."
"But babies don't come in packets," said Annika.
"This one did," said Pippi.
"And anyway, how could he breathe?" asked Tommy.
"They had made air-holes in the packet," said Pippi. "But when Lukas saw it, he got so mad. He said, 'If I ever find who put this poor baby in a packet and sent him here, his life won't be worth a plugged nickle'. He got so mad the baby started crying and he had to calm down".
"What did they do with the baby?" asked Annika. She loved babies, and she already felt sorry for him.
"Frau Waas adopted him," said Pippi. "And Lukas was his best friend. They called him Jim. And when Jim was small, that was fine. Like I said, there was just a little space left over. But he started getting bigger and then the King got more and more worried. Because there wasn't enough room for another grown-up person."
"So what happened?" asked Annika.
"Well," said Pippi, "first the King said Emma had to leave Lummerland. But Lukas couldn't let that happen, because Emma was his engine, and what's an engine-driver without an engine? So he told Jim that he and Emma would leave together. But Jim was Lukas's best friend, and he said that then he was leaving too. So that night they all left together. They sailed away in Emma and had so many adventures that I could spend a week telling you about them."
"You can't sail away in an engine," said Tommy. "It would sink."
"You have to make them watertight," said Pippi. "Then they float. Lukas knows how to do it."
"Pippi," said Annika. "Is all this really true?"
"Cross my heart!" said Pippi. "I just remembered that my friend Michael Ende wrote down the whole story in a book. I told him it was such a good story he had to do that and he did. Michael is the best writer in the world."
"Do you have this book?" asked Annika suspiciously.
"Course I do!" said Pippi. "It's in my old steamer trunk. Here, I'll get it for you."
She flung open the trunk and began to toss out the things she found in it. There were all sorts of interesting objects - gold coins, old pistols, stuffed parrots, maps of strange places Annika had never heard of - but no book.
"Pippi," said Annika. "Admit it. You've been lying again."
"I have not!" said Pippi. "Look! Here it is!"
She pulled out a large book. There was a picture of two people on the cover, a man with a dark brown face and a boy with a coal-black face. They were both smoking pipes and grinning from ear to ear. The title of the book was Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer.
"There!" said Pippi triumphantly. "Now do you believe me?"
Read information about the authorMichael Andreas Helmuth Ende was a German writer of fantasy and children's literature. He was the son of the surrealist painter Edgar Ende. He died in Stuttgart (Germany) of stomach cancer.
Ende was one of the most popular and famous German authors of the 20th century, mostly due to the enormous success of his children's books. However, Ende was not strictly a children’s author, as he also wrote books for adults. Ende claimed, "It is for this child in me, and in all of us, that I tell my stories," and that "[my books are] for any child between 80 and 8 years" (qtd. Senick 95, 97). Ende’s writing could be described as a surreal mixture of reality and fantasy. The reader is often invited to take a more interactive role in the story, and the worlds in his books often mirror our reality, using fantasy to bring light to the problems of an increasingly technological modern society.
Ende was also known as a proponent of economic reform, and claimed to have had the concept of aging money in mind when writing Momo. He was interested in and influenced by anthroposophy.
Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) is Ende's best known work. Other books include Momo and Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver). Michael Ende's works have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 20 million copies, and have been adapted into motion pictures, stage plays, operas and audio books.
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