by Russell Hoban
Charlie HATES chores!!! He refuses to be his dad and grandpa and build dams, but does Charlie have what it takes to be a tramp?
Charlie is tired of chores and doesn’t want to grow up to be a beaver and build dams. He wants to be a tramp. Charlie the Tramp is a very sweet classic story that holds up to the years.
I loved this book as a child, and I know my daughter would have related to Charlie. Who wants to do chores? Who wants to do what they’re told all the time? And who works harder at playing than they ever did at chores – children! Whimsical illustrations make it even better. Very relatable fun story that opens up good conversations.
I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
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.”
Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968