A delicious send-up, funny and human and ridiculous and true. Just like life, and you should be so lucky as to have one even close to the story's hero varied experiences. Allan Karlsson, on his one hundredth birthday, steps out of his room in the highly-restrictive nursing home and "goes walkabout". Switching from what Allan gets up to in his wanderings (think mayhem, millions, and a fugitive elephant) and what Allan got up to decades ago in his wanderings (think Stalin, Chairman Mao, the atom bomb, and Harry S. Truman). A one-of-a-kind book perfect for a birthday gift for your favorite elderly uncle. It's a 4.