Who’s Rasmus?

As a child I LOVED Pippi Longstocking.  Her adventures and free spirit were such refreshing and inspiring tales. I could read them again and again – and never be bored!


So when I had the opportunity to review Rasmus and the Vagabond I didn’t hesitate.



Rasmus and the Vagabond  is a children’s book written by Astrid Lindgren the creator of Pippi Longstockings. We read this as a familly – myself and my two boys (5 and 9, daughter who is 3).  My nine year old son told me he enjoyed the book so much he is going to read it himself! And he is quite the reluctant reader.






“After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place.  That is, until he befriends a tramp (the Vagabond) called Paradise Oscar. Together they have more adventure than they could ever imagine, they solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Rasmus 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?  Children will hang onto every word as Rasmus and his unlikely friend discover hidden treasure, dodge a shady pair of villains, and rescue a lady in distress. Here’s a gripping plot interweaving cops and robbers, a deserted village, a desperate chase, and a surprising, thoroughly satisfying ending.”



This was such a fun read! One that left all of us hanging on every word. You really felt as if you were a part of the story, a fellow traveller, having each adventure with them!.  The illustrations in the book were phenomenal, there were just enough for me (although my kid s wished for lots more!) the old fashioned, simplicity of each image too added beautifully to the story.


There was so much within the pages of this book that was reminiscent of my childhood – the way people were o hospitable towards one another, the slower more at peace pace of life; a joy and friendliness that we need to recapture today.   I can’t even imagine …I do so love these stories. And I do hope there will be more in the future 🙂


I highly recommend this book! It is such a great read;  perfect for children ages from 8 years old on up (although my 3 year old daughter loved this one too). The book is full of adventure and surprise and just as I remember the writing of Astrid Lindgren to be.  Certainly she can fashion a story with amazing, inspiring and dearly beloved characters!

. This is one of those books that I am thrilled to add to our library.  You really should too  😛



Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other world-famous characters, has thrilled three generations of children with her storytelling. She is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”) A jury appointed by Swedish Radio’s Culture Department to elect the “Author of the Millennium” voted Astrid Lindgren second after William Shakespeare. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and heaps of other awards and honors.




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