Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Book Review: Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren
Rasmus and the Vagabond is written by Astrid Lindgren and is published by Plough. If the author's name is familiar to you, it is probably because she is also the author of Pipi Longstocking, a classic children's book.
Astrid Lindgren first published this book in 1956, in Sweden. In this wonderful tale of nine-year-old Rasmus, she weaves a story that is filled with intrigue and adventure that is a wonderful read for middle grade children - and adults like me.
Rasmus is an orphan who hooks up with a strange old tramp with an interesting name: Paradise Oscar. The two unlikely pals run through adventures that mean everything to young Rasmus. One problem that crops up is when Rasmus is given the chance to have a real family and a real home. How can he say goodbye to his best buddy, Oscar, and the wandering life they had together? All of that concern fades when the best surprise of all takes Rasmus off-guard.
I absolutely love this story. It is a great read for kids that isn't filled with supernatural junk, bad language, or violence. It is a book that leaves you feeling good and feeling inspired. With a great storyteller like Astrid Lindgren, how can you go wrong?
*I received a copy of Rasmus and the Vagabond in exchange for my honest opinion.*