Charlie the Tramp Book Review and Giveaway

We recently got to read the 1968 Classic, Charlie the Tramp by Russell Hoban and Illustrated by Lillian Hoban.

 “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.” 

I love this book! I remember reading it when I was a little girl. It is a classic story that is perfect for any child. There is a strong family message that explains children should be given the chance to explore and follow their dreams. If you allow them the freedom to make their own choices and explore new things, they will tend to end up by making good choices and do the right thing including what is right for them. 

This story follows Charlie, who decides one day that he does not want to be a beaver anymore. He does not like having to work so hard all the time and wants to be a tramp and be free to do what he wants when he please. His grandfather allows him to explore the tramp life while watching over him closely and soon enough, Charlie realizes that being a beaver is who he is and is not that bad after all. 

I think this book represents a good lesson in parenting in general as well. We all try to raise our children right and try to do what’s best for them but we often forget as they grow, they develop a mind of their own and may think and operate differently as well as develop dreams that are far different than what we expect or hope for them. While we may know what is best for them sometimes, it is best to give your children the freedom of choice as often as possible and allow them to explore other opportunities and ways of doing things. This will allow them to respect us more and appreciate all that we do and all that we have.  

I admit upon first sight, I didn’t remember the whole story as it has been decades since I last read it. But I fell in love with it all over again and it is easy to see why it is still around after all these years. 

The story is fun and easy to read with lightly drawn, almost like crayon or colored pencil drawings but are very detailed illustrations and are great visuals to go along with the story. 


​You can enter to WIN A COPY by commenting on this Giveaway post! 
Ends Friday, December 2nd at 6:00 PST.

Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children’s picture books about a badger named Frances and other animal characters that have a lot in common with children we know – bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and Emmit Otter’s Jug-band Christmas.
Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968.

Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), one of America’s favorite children’s book illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet. She also illustrated six of Russell Hoban’s books about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great classics of children’s literature. Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for ten years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on their experiences.

Plough editor Sam Hine says, “As a parent of young children I’ve rarely found new books of this quality. So, like many other parents, I find myself returning to the books of my own childhood. Among these Charlie the Tramp was a hands-down favorite. We’re thrilled to acquire the rights to this timeless classic and make it available to a third generation.” 

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Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  
I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 

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