Charlie the Tramp Book Review and Giveaway

About the book:
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.”

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

Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968.

About the author:
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 Jame for Frances, and Emmit Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.

About the illustrator:
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. She was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for 10 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."

I was so excited to be able to read this book! I remember reading all the Frances books when I was a kid, so I was so excited to be able to share this book with my kids. As soon as it came, I ran upstairs to share it with my kids. I think they thought I was a little crazy, but that's okay, they'll love the book as much as I do and share it with their kids some day too.

I enjoyed reading this book with my 10 year old son. It has some really cute things in the book and teaches good lessons. They are things that even kids today can relate to. Every kid has wanted to go and do something else, rather than do their fair share. This book does a good job of addressing that.

The illustrations are very cute. This is Grandfather and Grandmother. I was going to say the pictures are black and white, but then when my kids and I looked at them again, we think they might be green and white.

This is a picture of Charlie helping his father.

My son doesn't ever have too much to say about the books we read, so when I asked him he said, "It was good." I asked him if there was anything else, but he said that was all. At least he liked it.

If you want to check it out for yourself, you can find it on or on the Plough website.I think it would be a great Christmas book for a child, or even any adult that read this book.

I am also running a giveaway for you. You have a chance to win a free copy of Charlie the Tramp. This giveaway is open to the US. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below, fill out one option or as many as you want. The giveaway ends at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on 12/12/16.

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