Sunday, December 4, 2016

REVIEW: Charlie the Tramp

An American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition.

Oh there's a reason Charlie the Tramp is a classic! It's adorable. It made me smile. It taught a lesson in a fun to read way. This is just the kind of book that I looked for when my children were little. That's the reason I liked Russell Hoban's Bread and Jam for Frances. 

The illustrations are nostalgic pen and ink drawings in black and white. One would think they might be boring, but I loved the simplicity of it. I think little ones will, too. It's not outdated at all.

If you're buying a book for a little one this season, Charlie the Tramp is a great book to consider.

Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “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.”

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.

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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  1. Looks like a great book to read to our grandson!

  2. It's a great snuggle up book Gramma!

  3. I am so thankful God had our paths cross. I read these to my kids, now can enjoy again with grandchildren.

    1. I'm glad, too, Anonymous. I hope you enjoy your Christmas season, get to spend lots of time with family and friends, and focus on our Jesus.
      God bless you!

  4. I would love to read this precious book to my children. :) I would be delighted to win this for our family! Thank you for the opportunity. Be blessed!

  5. This would be wonderful for all the littles in our family!


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