Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren {Review}

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Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren {Review}Rasmus and the Vagabond by Gerry Bothmer

Illustrator: Eric Palmquist
ISBN: 0874865972
Genres: Juvenile Literature
Published by Plough Publishing House on November 28th 2014
Pages: 180
Format: Paperback
Source: Publicist
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After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he meets an extraordinary tramp called "Paradise Oscar." Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, catch the culprits, and find Rasmus a home. Astrid Lindgren, who gave the world Pippi Longstocking, sets this action-packed classic of children s literature in the Swedish countryside before the age of automobiles. This is one book you ll want to read more than once."

*This post has been updated with my new format, thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin on September 14, 2015.*

Through the many lists that I have acquired through out the years on books to read aloud to and books to let middle readers delve into, Astrid Lindgren has always been recommended. There are a few titles I often see, including her heroine Pippi Longstocking, but what about for the hero-inclined (aka boy) readers? Thus, we have Rasmus.

I love this cover! The book itself has that soft feel and the colors and image to the cover image are very attractive (Kudos Eric Palmquist!). For my personal book lists for my students I am a fan of the vintage classic books and it makes my heart smile when publishers republish titles that are worthwhile to be in the hands of a child. Originally published in 1956 and renewed and reinvigorated with life for a new generation for 2015, Plough has this in a pretty package. (Even the back cover text is in attractive fonts and shades!)

Rasamus and the Vagabond is engaging for the young reader. Our hero here is about the age of nine, and my 5.5 year old daughter is not quite ready for it alone, but I plan to have him nearby for introduction within a few years. I think she shall meet Pippi first. I won’t hesitate to read this aloud to her at this point (little violence, but much like a classic old tv western) but would want to wait to have her read it alone to make sure she would discuss with me any fears and situations.

I’d recommend this if you enjoy Pippi, or Charlie (and the Chocolate Factory), or Wilbur (Charlotte’s Web). 14 chapters of adventure that can create discussion and truly make you think.

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About Astrid-Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other world-famous characters, has delighted three generations of children with her storytelling prowess. Lindgren’s children’s books have sold over 144 million copies worldwide. Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”) A jury appointed by Swedish Radio’s Culture Department to elect the “Author of the Millennium” voted Astrid Lindgren second after William Shakespeare. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her contribution to international children’s literature.

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  • I’d like to read this with my kids. We have read all of her other books that the dear librarians could locate for us.

  • Angela

    Thanks for the recommendation! My husband read Pippi Longstocking to the kids and they all loved it. This would make a great next read!

  • Gena Mayo

    I’ve never read any of her books.

    • I had not before. But I’m understanding why they are recommended vintage stories.