Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Astrid Lindgren's Rasmus and the Vagabond (Propeller Promotions Book Review/Giveaway)

I don't know about you, but having been a bookworm from a very early age, I remember spending many days reading about Pippi Longstocking (And I remember when my father brought home Pippi in the South Seas from the book club order at the Junior High where he taught~ what joy! More adventures! I was delighted when I was asked to review a book that I had never seen, also written by Astrid Lindgren.

Rasmus and the Vagabond has just been republished by Plough publishing, and tells the story of a young orphan (Rasmus) who runs away from his orphanage, and falls in with a vagabond, one "Paradise Oscar" by name. They encounter a variety of adventures while in search of a family who would want to keep Rasmus for their very own.

My 17 year old did a pre-read for me (having devoured the Pippi books in her younger years), and said she could tell just by the tone that Rasmus was written by the same author as Pippi. The story has a few tense moment that may make younger readers (or listeners) throw their hands over their eyes or ears, just like they do for similar moments in movies and videos (at least my 7 year old did when I read the book aloud to him... not sure what he was blocking out when he covered his eyes, but I understood what he was aiming for), but by and large, it is a return to simpler, more innocent times, and is a reasonably gentle read for the tween years, or read-aloud for the 6-9 crowd.

I love it when books that were published in the 40's and 50's are republished for another generation to enjoy, particularly in an era when libraries are clearing their shelves of all these wonderful wholesome, sweet old stories. Rasmus and the Vagabond definitely falls into this category, and now that I know that Astrid Lindgren is the author of so many more titles, you can bet that I'll be hunting them down to add to reading lists for my 7 year old over the next few years. You can learn more about Astrid Lindgren and read the official blurb on the book on Plough Publishing's webpage.

Now, here's one of the things that gives me great joy! I get to give a copy of "Rasmus and the Vagabond" to one of my readers. Hurrah! (please wait for the Rafflecopter to load)
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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.


  1. This will go to my 12 year old who is likely to love it! Thanks for hosting!


  2. I forgot to say that Pippi books were my favorite books as a child.

  3. I loved Pippi books as a child! Both my 12, and 10 year old daughters would enjoy this book.

  4. This would be for my granddaughter.

  5. If I win, this book will go into Gramma's book collection for the grandkids.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  6. I would love to win this awesome book for my son!
    Thank You for the chance

    Fiona N

  7. If I win this book it will be sitting on my daughter's shelf. I had no idea there were more Pippi books. I read this as a child and it was one of my favorites.

  8. I have never read Pippi sadly. This would be for my niece and nephew. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  9. I'd love to win and this would be great for either my son or daughter. :)


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