When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town

When The Robbers Came To Cardamom Town

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When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town

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When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town (1955) (orig. Norwegian Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by) is a Norwegian children's book written and illustrated by Thorbjørn Egner, which tells the story of Kardemomme by (Cardamom Town). It is considered as one of the most important Norwegian children's books. The book includes many songs which are connected to the story. The story is well fit for playing as a theatre act with musical elements.

Plot summary

The book is about the peaceful town of Kardemomme and the people there, as well as the only characters which stir up serious trouble. They are the three robbers, Casper, Jasper and Jonathan who live outside the town and regularly enter to steal the things they need. In the end the robbers are arrested, but good treatment in the jail by the kindly constable Bastian reforms them, and in the final chapter they become the heroes of the day when they extinguish a fire in the tower of the town. At the end Casper becomes the town's fireman, Jasper becomes the town's circus manager and Jonathan becomes the town's baker.


Main characters

  • The Robbers (Casper, Jasper and Jonathan) (Kasper, Jesper og Jonatan) - loud, prone to quarrelling with each other, and live very cluttered. They live in a strange house, with a (kind) lion to protect them.
  • Constable Bastian (Politimester Bastian) - the cheerful policeman who is concerned in making sure that everyone is happy.
  • Aunt Sophie (Tante Sofie) - a middle aged woman who is......
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