Which if you think about it is pretty much how you'd like to imagine the creator of Pippi Longstocking.
There's a great write-up on Lindgren here.
But on to the prize - here's what the website has to say:
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world's largest prize for children's and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is awarded annually to a single recipient or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion may be rewarded. The award is designed to promote interest in children's and young adult literature, and in children's rights, globally.Lots of exciting names on the nominees list (Canada is well-represented by writers Jean Little, Brian Doyle and Michel Noël), but I was particularly pleased to see Meg Rosoff's name. I'm a great admirer of Rosoff's work, but my particular favourite amongst her novels is What I Was. You can read my review online at Monsters & Critics.