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The author of the book: Erich Kästner
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Date of issue: 1999
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Berlin, around 1930. Pünktchen Pogge, who must be about ten, is rich; Anton Gast, a little older, is poor. Pünktchen is an intelligent, well-spoken, extremely imaginative girl who lives in a huge apartment in the best part of town. Anton has some serious problems to solve: his father is dead, his mother just barely makes ends meet working as a waitress, but right now can't work at all, since she's convalescing after an operation. Anton has to shop, make dinner and find enough money to pay the rent. He's a resourceful kid, but he's so exhausted that he keeps falling asleep in class.
Somehow, Pünktchen and Anton have ended up being best friends. They see each other every evening on the Weidendammer Bridge. Anton is selling shoelaces to the passers-by, trying to bring in a few pfennigs. And Pünktchen? Weirdly enough, she's out with her crazy nanny, who's pretending to be blind. Pünktchen has put on a filthy dress and is selling boxes of matches. She knows her Hans Christian Andersen and lays on the pathos with a trowel.
The plot is rather complicated, but in the end Anton figures out that the nanny's lowlife boyfriend is planning to burgle Pünktchen's apartment. He makes a well-timed phone call and the thief is apprehended when he turns up. Simultaneously, Pünktchen's father discovers her double life. He finds her doing her spiel at the Weidendammer Bridge and takes her home. That evening, as he for once puts her to bed himself (the crazy nanny has fled), he begs her not to pull any more stunts like that. He's really sorry he doesn't have more time to be with her, but he's busy working as the CEO of a successful company. Someone has to pay for the cook and the chauffeur and the box at the Opera.
"But Mutti doesn't work," says Pünktchen. "And she never has any time for me either. Now you're going to get me another nanny. And who knows how that will end up."
"I understand," says Direktor Pogge. "All the same, would you please promise to tell me the truth in future? I'd feel a lot calmer."
"Alright," says Pünktchen. "If it makes you feel calmer." He gives her a goodnight kiss and turns out the light. As he's closing the door, she adds: "It was terribly interesting though."
Direktor Pogge spends a sleepless night. In the morning he informs the family of the deus ex machina he's come up with: Anton and his poor mother will come and live with them, there will be no new nanny. Pünktchen is overjoyed. Frau Pogge doesn't dare object. And they all lived happily ever after.
Well, says the author as he takes his leave of us, this time everyone got what they deserved. The burglar went to jail, and Anton and his poor mother got a better deal, and Pünktchen was able to see more of her friend. Don't imagine life is always like that. All the same, try and be more like Anton. I'm sorry if he's a bit too much like Emil in Emil und die Detektive. I just think the world could do with more kids like Anton and Emil.
He sounds a little desperate. He saw that Hitler would probably soon take power, and all he could do to oppose him was write morality tales for children. They sold well, but it wasn't enough. Still, he tried. That was more than most people were doing.
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Read information about the authorErich Kästner (1899 – 1974) was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature.
A stout pacifist and democrat, he was expelled from the national writers' guild during the Nazi era, with many of his books being burned in public. Today, he is widely regarded as one of Germany's most prolific and beloved children's book authors.
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