As a long time fan of Pippi Longstocking, I couldn’t pass up the chance to review a new book by her creator, Astrid Lindgren. Lindgren’s newest novel, starring an orphan boy named Rasmus, is a wonderful adventure that takes me right back to my childhood nights, reading under my blanket with a flashlight. As a grown woman with children too young for chapter books, I still gobbled up the whole story in one sitting!
Lindgren does an amazing job of making both Rasmus and his unlikely, but loveable vagabond, Oscar, endearing and relatable. Engaging from page one, the plot moves quickly and effortlessly as Rasmus tackles the challenges of boyhood, while living out a most dangerous adventure that children are going to love to read and/or hear aloud. The storyline is strong and exciting, but not overly complex as to distract younger readers. The language is clear and flows beautifully, allowing for easy engagement and immersion in the story.
Reasons to Read: The biggest reason to read this book is because it is enjoyable and fun. The characters are unfailingly morally sound and the adventure riveting! I highly recommend reading this one alongside or with your children.
Reasons to Pass: Contextual clues indicate the story to be set in a bygone era and as such, there are elements of gender stereotyping with the girls at the orphanage performing household associated chores, while the boys dig up potatoes. This does little to dissuade me from enjoying the story, but I appreciate that some parents are especially sensitive to this and I wanted to mention it here.
Genre: Children’s Chapter Book, Fiction, Adventure
Suggested Rating: PG There is some violence including fist fighting and a gun; although, no one is severely injured or shot. The main character, Rasmus is delightfully opposed to and sickened by the very sight of violence, which is very refreshing. Gender stereotyping is present. A few of the characters, some potentially homeless, display characteristics consistent with mental illness, which may warrant discussion with younger children.
Bottom Line: I loved this book and am adding it to the list to read with my children.
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