Charming Children’s Book from the Hobans: “Charlie the Tramp” Review & Giveaway! Ends 12/6

**Congratulations to Laurie N., the winner of this giveaway!  She’ll be receiving a copy of Charlie the Tramp from FlyBy/Propeller Promotions!**


I have the most charming children’s book to share with you today, and a giveaway of your very own copy for you to enter!  FlyBy/Propeller Promotions kindly sent me a hardback copy of Russell and Lillian Hoban’s book, Charlie the Tramp, republished by Plough Publishing House for its 50th anniversary!



I’m sure you are familiar with the Hobans’ other wonderful books for children:  Bread and Jam for Frances or A Bargain for Frances, about a little badger girl and her crazy adventures.  In Charlie the Tramp, we meet a different animal; little Charlie, a beaver, who is certain that he wants to be a tramp, not a beaver.  His adventures are no less interesting than Frances’ are, however.

Charlie’s loving family (his grandfather, his dad, and his mom) are surprised one day when Charlie informs them that when he grows up, he wants to be a tramp.  “A tramp!” the adults say.  His father and grandfather talk about the good work they’ve always done as beavers…but Charlie is drawn to the life he imagines tramps have.  And, he’s particularly keen on the fact that tramps don’t have to learn how to do beaver work, like chopping down trees, making dams, keeping sharp teeth.  No, tramps get to carry sticks with their belongings tied up at the end of them.  They get to sleep outside in beautiful weather.  They just get to tromp around and have a good time.

charlie-pic-2This is the life, Charlie thinks.  Dad and Grandfather tell him that they’ve got lots of little jobs for him to do.  But those little jobs just sound like work to him!

Charlie is ready for an adventure.  So he asks permission to sleep in a field.  His parents agree, so he ties up some Fig Newtons and Good-and-Plenties in his kerchief on his stick, and heads off.  Belatedly, the men remember wanting to be tramps when they were beaver children.  Mother says that all men “…want to be tramps.”

Charlie’s adventure…and the discoveries he makes while he is camping out about what he is really meant and designed to do…are gently and beautifully shared.  And of course, there’s a lovely reunion at the end of the book!


Charlie the Tramp is a departure from many books available for children today.  Charlie’s parents trust him to come to a good conclusion, without hammering home the truths he’s actually going to discover.  It’s a sweet story (even if parents will want to remind their children that outside of the Hobans’ characters’ worlds, kids won’t safely trudge off to be tramps and sleep outside wherever!).  And it’s a story that parents can use to remind kids that they are designed by God for important work that is just perfect for them, as well as deeply satisfying, to do.  Lovingly illustrated by Lillian Hoban and penned by her husband Russell, this is a book that would be a lovely addition to family libraries.

And you can win one for your own family!  Just enter via the Giveaway Tools link below, by clicking where it says “Entry Form.”  That will take you to the entry page.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 on December 6.  Blessings!

Enjoy!  –Wren


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.”



“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.


35 thoughts on “Charming Children’s Book from the Hobans: “Charlie the Tramp” Review & Giveaway! Ends 12/6

  1. I’d love to win this for our sophie! She struggles with reading so I’m always looking for ways to engage and pique her interest. Thank you for the chance.

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