In the Land of Twilight

Astrid Lindgren; Illustrated by Marit Törnqvist; Translated by Polly Lawson

Out of print

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Goran and mysterious Mr Lilyvale fly around a dream-like Stockholm in this magical story about the power of imagination.

280 x 214 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 5 to 8 years
44 pages
Publication date:
19 Jan 2012


Goran has an injured leg and he gets bored spending so much time in bed. But when his mother turns out the light at dusk, Mr Lilyvale knocks on the window and takes him to the Land of Twilight. Goran and Mr Lilyvale walk and fly around Stockholm when people from the daytime world are sleeping.

Goran drives a tram and a bus. It doesn’t matter that he has a bad leg in the Land of Twilight. They eat candy that grows on trees in the park, play with bear cubs and meet a moose. They even visit the King and Queen in the royal palace. At the end of their journey each night, Mr Lilyvale takes Goran home just before his mother comes in and turns on the light.

This delightful story about the power of the imagination is set in a magical version of Stockholm, and painted in beautiful twilight tones.


'Marit [Törnqvist]'s pictures of Stockholm by twilight are dreamlike, and very attractive.'
-- Bookwitch

'In the Land of Twilight tells of Goran, who has a bad leg and is bored spending so much time in bed. But when darkness falls Mr. Lilyvale takes him to the Land of Twilight, where Goran drives a bus, eats candy from trees, and even visits royalty. Good reading skills from grades 2-3 will lend to an appreciation of this imaginative survey of a magical land of imagination where illness and disability are changed to wonder and amazement.'
--Midwest Book Review

'In the Land of Twilight … is a beautiful tale of escapism and the potential power of your imagination.'
-- Early Years Educator

"Törnqvist's atmospheric illustrations, the difference of the Swedish setting and the sense of wonder Lindgren evokes will, when the book is read aloud and revisited many times, speak powerfully to the concerns of young readers of 4 to 8."
--Gillian Lathey, School Librarian

'A magical spiritual book.'


Astrid Lindgren is a Floris Books featured author. Read all about this author's life and work on our dedicated author page.

Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was born on a homestead in Småland, Sweden. Her most famous book, Pippi Longstocking, was published in 1945. She is also well known for Karlsson on the Roof, her books about The Bullerby Children and The Tomten. Her books have sold around 145 million copies worldwide, and she has won many awards, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the International Book Award from UNESCO. Her books A Calf for Christmas and Goran's Great Escape, also illustrated by Marit Tornqvist, are published in English by Floris Books.

Marit Törnqvist was born in 1964 in Uppsala, Sweden and divides her time between the Netherlands and Sweden. She studied illustration at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In 2011 she was awarded a Golden Plaque from the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, one of the most prestigious children's illustration awards. She has illustrated several of Astrid Lindgren's picture books, including A Calf for Christmas and Goran's Great Escape, both published by Floris Books.


Find out more about Astrid Lindgren and her world on our Astrid Lindgren Biography and Book Information page. Includes a most-loved book list.

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More beautiful picture books for children by Astrid Lindgren and Marit Törnqvist:
A Calf for Christmas
Goran's Great Escape

More books by Astrid Lindgren:
The Tomten
The Tomten and the Fox

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