Charlie the Tramp’s 50th Anniversary!

*This giveaway has ended!
Winning entry was #2 – Carla!*

I cannot believe it, but it’s true! Charlie the Tramp is 50 years old (ack … my age is showing!), and to celebrate this fun event, I am so pleased to be able to offer a special 50th Anniversary hardcover edition as a giveaway to one of my wonderful readers. So, so fun!

I can remember this book, along with the other wonderfully furry critter books created by Russell Hoban as some of my first favorite books as a little girl. Having this book in my hands again has certainly brought me back to my childhood, and to where my great love of reading all began. To this day, I still love children’s books; my husband actually bought me the whole Borrowers set for Christmas last year. LOL!  Yes, I know … a true book geek!

So. let’s get started, shall we? Just in case you don’t remember …. 


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.”

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I just know you are ready to enter, so let’s get to it!

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below and just say hello! It’s always nice to hear from you. :)  It would also be very kind (but not mandatory!) if you would consider sharing this blog post using the icons below on whichever social media outlet you use the most. As always, make sure to use a valid email address, as that is how the winner will be contacted.

Maybe it’s just this special time of year, but I can feel happiness in the air today! I hope you do, too.

See you again, soon!

“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.”





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  • Reply
    Randi Colby
    December 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! Thanks Tori…always enjoy your posts.

    • Reply
      December 5, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Thanks, Randi! It’s so fun to be able to give away such awesome books!

  • Reply
    Carla Draack
    December 4, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    You’re the best! This book sounds awesome!

    • Reply
      December 5, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Hey Carla! Thanks for stopping by. It’s been a while!

  • Reply
    December 4, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Where’ve I been? I hadn’t even heard of him! Tori, that looks like a really cute book. Thanks for this giveaway.

    • Reply
      December 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

      It is very cute! Good luck, Mitzi!

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