Charlie The Tramp (Review) 


Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.”


An American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition.


Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968.



Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children’s picture books about a badger named Frances and other animal characters that have a lot in common with children we know – bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and Emmit Otter’s Jug-band Christmas.



Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), one of America’s favorite children’s book illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet. She also illustrated six of Russell Hoban’s books about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great classics of children’s literature. Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for ten years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on their experiences.


Plough editor Sam Hine says, “As a parent of young children I’ve rarely found new books of this quality. So, like many other parents, I find myself returning to the books of my own childhood. Among these Charlie the Tramp was a hands-down favorite. We’re thrilled to acquire the rights to this timeless classic and make it available to a third generation.”







 My Review
Charlie the Tramp, a classic by Author Russell Hoben is back in print in a 50th Anniversary edition. This book has been around for generations. I’m happy to see it back in print and the smile on my mom’s face was priceless. She remembers her mom (my grandmother) reading this wonderful story to her and the other siblings. I also remember it from my childhood. Now I’m super excited I get to share this with my children.

This is a sweet story about Charlie the Beaver who wants to be a tramp when he grows up. Charlie just thinks being a beaver is way to much work and he would rather just be a tramp. He will soon find out exactly what he should be. He learns many valuable lessons during his adventures. The book ends with a talk between Charlie and his dad. You should take the adventure and see for yourself exactly what Charlie ends up being … 

The pictures in the book are super sweet and really simple like. My children really enjoyed them as well as the book. 

I’m sure this book will become a weekly read before bedtime. 

I highly recommend this book that has been around for many generations. It’s one I’m proud to have in our small size library of books. It’s great for a gift idea. 

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