Little Ghost Godfrey released on Spotify - 50 years after the first publication
For the very first time, original recordings of music and audio books about Little Ghost Godfrey and and his friends have been released digitally on, among other platforms, Spotify, Apple Music and Storytel. Inger and Lasse Sandberg's kind and somewhat reluctant ghost has captivated many generations worldwide over the years. Together with Pippi Longstocking and Alfie Atkins, Little Ghost Godfrey has a special place within the history of children's literature in Sweden.
"One of the first bedtime stories for modern high-rise children," writes Lennart Hellsing in a praising review of one of the couple's books and literary scholar Kristin Hallberg believes that Inger and Lasse Sandberg have created THE Swedish children's book.
Since 1965, the couple Sandberg has published 14 books about Little Ghost Godfrey or Lilla Spöket Laban in Swedish, Inger as author and Lasse as a cartoonist. Laban first came to life by Inger writing a therapy story for their son Niklas who was afraid of the dark, making sure that Laban had characteristics that allowed the children to identify with the ghost Laban. In addition to the books, six films have been produced in recent years and now the music and audio books will also be available on Spotify, Apple Music, Storytel and other streaming platforms.
“The collaboration with Sony Music has been very rewarding. That Ghost Laban and his friends now reach the digital market and that the music comes out on Spotify feels fantastic! ” says Dan Lundqvist, CEO of Tre Sandberg.
In addition to
Little Ghost Godfrey and his family consisting of Mom and Dad Ghost (Spöke), sister Labolina and the dog Rufus, the couple have also created popular figures such as the Thumb, Powder and Little Anna & Long Uncle, who will also be available on Spotify.
Inger and Lasse have been awarded a number of awards over the years, including the Elsa Beskow plaque in 1966, the Astrid Lindgren Prize in 1974 and Litteris et Artibus in 2006. Together they have written more than 100 books translated into over 30 languages. In the autumn of 2008 Lasse Sandberg passed away, but Inger together with Tre Sandberg AB continued to publish books with her husband's illustrations with the help of, among others, editor Susanna Hellsing.
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