THE RED SCARF by Anne Villeneuve


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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It’s just another day for Turpin, a mouse taxi driver, until a mysterious passenger leaves a red scarf behind. Determined to find his former fare, the good-natured cabbie is soon immersed in a world full of colorful characters, each leading him closer to the black-cloaked man and into the heart of a real, live circus. After unknowingly performing in a series of big-top feats, Turpin finds the scarf’s owner and saves the show, only to forget his own hat with his newfound friends. Villeneuve’s almost wordless adventure runs and leaps with the little Turpin. Her loose, expressive artwork—cartoonish without hard edges and colored in pencil or pastel with significant information drawn in ink—naturally flows across the page; its stream-of-consciousness style is seemingly as unpremeditated as the cabbie’s next move. From the character design to the hand-lettering, the overall work comes from a place that still appreciates craft. With multiple illustrations per page, the narrative is self-explanatory and thus could serve as a reader’s first comic. A plucky and fully enjoyable adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-88776-989-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Tundra
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2010


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