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A New Read From a Favorite Children's Author- Rasmus and the Vagabond

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As a child I was a big fan of the Pippi Longstocking stories by Astrid Lindgren. And, as I've had my own children, I've enjoyed reading Pippi's adventures aloud to them. So when I saw a new book by the author Astrid Lindgren, I was excited to review it.


Rasmus and the Vagabond is a touching story of a little boy who needs a home. It's an adventure story. And it's a story about the love of friends and family. From the book's description:
After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Reassume dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?

Rasmus is every bit the loveable, compelling character that Pippi Longstocking is. Like, Pippi, he's an orphan. And he's determined that to be out on his own is better than the not-so-nice orphanage he lives in. But Rasmus learns the power of love and friendship as he strikes out on his journey. And the characters he meets along the way- especially Paradise Oscar- are also great characters to get to know as the story progresses.

Rasmus isn't the larger-than-life character that Pippi is, and his story is much more believable. It's a realistic fiction story, written for an older audience. I loved it even as an adult. I know my older kids (14 and 15) could read it easily. My younger crew (9 and 10) might find it a little long to read independently, but I plan to read it aloud to them. It will make a fun read aloud story to share because of the adventures of Rasmus and Paradise Oscar. There is some mystery and suspense, along with some "bad guys" that might make parts of the story a little frightening to younger readers, so if you have a sensitive listener, you may want to preread before reading this one aloud.

Rasmus and the Vagabond will take readers through moments that are very funny, occasionally frightening, and often touching. It's one that I think will quickly become a classic from this well-known author. I'm looking forward to sharing it with my kids.

You can learn more about the book from the website here.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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