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Monday, December 5, 2016

Children's Book Review and Giveaway~Charlie the Tramp


About the Book: 
Charlie the Tramp was originally published in 1966, and this special hardcover edition is the 50th anniversary edition of the book. Written by author Russell Hoban and illustrated by Lillian Hoban, it was the winner of the 1968 Boys Club of America Junior Book Award. It is 48 pages long and written for ages 3-8.

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.” 

About the Author and Illustrator: 
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.

What I Thought: Charlie the Tramp is an adorable story from many years ago. It reminded me of the books I read as a child, so different from modern children's books. When I saw the length of the book and  that the pictures were all black and white, I was thinking my grandson, age 5, would not last through the entire story. I was wrong! He really enjoyed the cute story, and later on asked my 14-year-old son to read it to him again. My teenage son told me it was a cute and funny story too!

I enjoyed the moral of the story-let children stretch their wings and find their own way, but if they were guided correctly they will eventually come back to what they were meant to do. The only thing I could see some viewing negatively are the gender stereotypes (think 50 years ago). Even with that, it is an adorable story with sweet illustrations that would appeal to children.

To learn more about Charlie the Tramp and purchase your own copy, visit this website: http://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/short-stories/charlie-the-tramp
You can also purchase the book at Amazon.

Giveaway!!!  
I have one copy of Charlie the Tramp to give away. To enter, comment below with your favorite book when you were a child. Make sure to leave your email address, as the winner will be contacted by email. Contest ends 12/11.  See additional restrictions below.


“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  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.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

44 comments:

Shelly Leatham said...

I loved Charlotte's Web!

Audra said...

I loved the cat in the hat

Rachel WifeThenMama said...

When I was very small my favorite book was Has Winter Come? When I was able to read for myself I was in love with the Baby Sitters Club books.

Barb Miller said...

My favorite book was The Hobbit! barb_miller at usa dot com

beth said...

I loved The Ox Cart Man
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Rebecca W. said...

I really liked Richard Scarry books when I was little. This looks like a cute book.
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david heath said...

I loved a book called.... what a beautiful noise..

Katie Hyatt said...

My favorite book as a kid was I Wish I Had Duck Feet. I memorized the entire thing in Preschool. kthyatt2007@yahoo.com

Carrie Smith said...

My favorite book was Johnny lion! Thank you for the chance to win!

Darlene said...

My favorite book was black beauty, but I also loved the Bobseine Twin books.

David Stuttard said...

My favorite book as a kid was Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne.

Kristin C said...

My favorite book as a kid was The Secret Garden.

Julie Waldron said...

My favorite books were the Richard Scarry books and Ramona The Pest.

Julie Waldron said...

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Ken Ohl said...

I always loved Cat in the Hat. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Molli Taylor said...

i loved littel women, i read it by myself in 1st grade and i have read it once a year since!

Leela said...

Popeye Climbs a Mountain.

momo said...

My favorite book that my older brother would read to me everyday was The Three Billy Goat Gruff. I loved that story!

Renee Rousseau said...

My favorite book was Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
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Lisa Queen said...

My favorite book was Little House on the Prairie. Thanks so much! lisaqueen1980@gmail.com

Ken Ohl said...

I always loved Cat in The Hat. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Kate said...

Where the Sidewalk Ends and Silly Sally

kelley roach said...

I loved The Ox Cart Man

Linda Kwolek said...

As a child, I loved reading the " little house on the prairie" series.
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Annmarie Weeks said...

I used to love the Curious George books...and the Clifford the Big Red Dog ones, too!

Tina Solomon said...

Where the Red Fern Grows,,,

kelley roach said...

I loved a book called.... what a beautiful noise..

Gabrielly Margutti said...

I loved Charlotte's Web.

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

My favorite book was the Andersen's fairy tales and stories
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Rob said...

Another good book, Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban.

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Milton Milt said...

A favorite of mine is Adventures of Mrs. Pepperpot Alf Proysen.

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Marcus Mar said...

I read a cool book, Stig of the Dump by
Clive King.

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Paulet said...

A nice adventure, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

Malv said...

Where the Wild Things Are by
Maurice Sendak is a book I enjoyed.

Aaron said...

I liked a real neat story, The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr.

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