Rasmus and the Vagabond – Book Review 14

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*


“Rasmus and the Vagabond”

By: Astrid Lindgren

I got an email about the “Rasmus and the Vagabond” book from Laura Beth with FlyByPromotions and immediately thought, “that author’s name is familiar.  The, doing some research into it, I found out that she was the one that made up Pippi Longstocking!!  Those stories of that crazy-braided girl had meant so much to me, when I was younger, and even now are still a part of my life.  My best friend, Jenny, even has her blog titled: “Notes From Pippi.”  Must have been something in the pages of those books back then, that allow them still to touch our lives.

Astrid’s stories have been a part of so many kid’s lives…as well as parents, etc.  I couldn’t wait to read this book, already wondering what it might be about.  Now that I’m finished, there’s only one word that I can seem to say…”WOW!!”  I thought, at first, that this was more of a school age book, one that kid’s would read (which can definitely still apply) in their classrooms, etc.  However, the story was one, that even older kids, or adults could even get a lot out of.

I loved the style of writing…it made you feel as if you were there, and maybe even standing behind a tree, as the pair walked by.  The illustrations that were in the book, were there at just the right times, and seemed to just validate what you were seeing in your mind, of what was going on in the story.  It’s funny, how in today’s world, you read of them knocking at someone’s door, and the people inviting them in to eat.  I can’t even imagine that in our times.  Back then was such a different pace, and such a different way of life…I love those stories.  I don’t want to write too much more, and take the chance of ruining the ending for you….I think I’m still smiling!!!! 🙂

This is definitely a book that I would recommend!!!  One question I do have, though (and you’ll understand, if you read it), did the other “straight-haired” kid, Gunnar, get what was hoped for him??  I sure pray that it did happen! 🙂


About The Book:

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. 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.

There Was Even A Movie Made (In Swedish):


Enter To Win One:

Rasmus and the Vagabond Book Giveaway

About The Author:

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.


About The Publisher:

todayPlough Publishing House, founded in 1920, is an independent publisher of books on faith, society, and the spiritual life. We’re based in Walden, New York with branches in the United Kingdom and Australia.

We also publish Plough Quarterly, a bold new magazine of stories, ideas, and culture to inspire faith and action. In addition, we serve up fresh views and insights daily online. (Sign up for weekly updates.)

Because we believe in quality over quantity, we’re able to lavish attention on every project. We devote rigorous attention to editing and design, and we stand behind each of our titles with strong and innovative promotion.


“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.

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9 years ago

Thank you for mentioning my blog = ) I have always loved Pippi Longstocking, Astrid created such a strong and fun heroine for us. Love to you.

Melissa Vera
9 years ago

I was just offered to review this book. After reading this review I can’t wait to get my copy.

Brooke @ Blushing Noir

This sounds like a wonderful adventure book for kids! TY for the chance to win!

9 years ago

Pippi Longstocking was one of my favorite books, then I think they made a movie and maybe a TV show? All I know is that now I have a theme song stuck in my head..

9 years ago

This looks like a good book for our homeschool!

alison shaffer
9 years ago

my youngest loves Pippi Longstocking. This book looks really fun to read. Full of adventure and fun. The video was great! loved the music.

Jamie @ Life of Creed
9 years ago

Great review!!! I read some of the book to my my daughter at bedtime. It was a good book!!

Tough Cookie Mommy
9 years ago

It sounds like this book has a great plot. I love diverse characters and plots like this one.

9 years ago

This sounds like a book that I could get into. Added it to my wishlist!

Linda Kinsman
9 years ago

We loved reading Pippi Longsotcking, so I bet we’d love this book as well. Great review!

tara pittman
9 years ago

This would be a great book to read with my boys.

9 years ago

Great review! The book sounds very interesting. Something my son and I could read together.