Review: Rasmus and the Vagabond

Rasmus and the Vagabond by: Astrid Lindgren

Rasmus and the Vagabond
by: Astrid Lindgren

I was excited to receive this book.  When growing up, I remember watching the old Pippi Longstocking movies so when I found out the author of Rasmus and the Vagabond was the same author that wrote the Pippi Longstocking books, I knew there was a good chance I’d like the story.   And I was right, reading Rasmus and the Vagabond was pure delight!

The story is about a young orphan boy named Rasmus who is tired of waiting for a family to find him.  Instead, he decides he is going to run away from the orphanage to find a family of his very own – there has to be a family out there who’d like a boy with straight hair (Rasmus seems to think only girls with curly hair get adopted).  After leaving the orphanage Rasmus meets a vagabond by the name of Oscar.  Together they travel the country roads…until they find themselves in the middle of a robbery escapade.  It’s up to Rasmus and Oscar to find a way to turn the two thieves in without getting themselves thrown in jail.  Then can Rasmus find that home he’s been longing for?

This was a great children’s book.  The story was fun and Rasmus was a likable character which I think a lot of kids could relate to.  As a child, who hasn’t thought about running away from home?  I know I fantasized about it once or twice!   This is the perfect book to live that experience while being safe at home.  Kids will appreciate the different adventures Rasmus finds himself in, while at the same time, they will see how surviving on their own can be a hard thing to do.  Luckily for Rasmus he meets a fellow by the name of Paradise Oscar.  Oscar is the adult in the story that helps the reader see reason – he’s the one who helps Rasmus through some tough situations.

I felt the story flowed well and it kept my interest throughout the entire book.  From the beginning to the end, there was something going on that kept me engaged in the story.  There were even a few times I was surprised by the outcome of a certain scenario; I thought I knew what was going to happen and then was pleasantly surprised when I read what actually happened.  Since the story is pretty fast paced, it will keep the young reader’s attention.

Simple pencil drawings can be seen throughout the book.  These sketches give the reader a glimpse of what the characters looked like, but doesn’t distract you from creating your own imagined version of each person mentioned in the book.  I didn’t spend that much time looking at the pictures, as I was more interested in reading the next sentence, paragraph, and page, but I think the younger audience would appreciate these mental breaks and it’ll give them a chance to “see” the story which they are reading.

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“Run Rasmus!” Oscar shouted. Rasmus ran.

Being a children’s book, this story is very PG and I would recommend this to kids between the ages of 8-10.  It would make a fun book to read before bedtime with a parent.  It’s one of those books both adults and children will come to love and appreciate.  We all have those few books we have read as a child and remember fondly – this can be one of those books for your kids or grandkids.

I am glad I had the chance to review Rasmus and the Vagabond.  It’ll definitely be a book I’ll share with the kids in my life.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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