RED SLED by Lita Judge
Kirkus Star

RED SLED

by & illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 7
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Judge’s latest may be virtually wordless, but it packs a powerful visual punch that will stick with readers long after the final page is turned.

At the end of a winter day, a child props the titular sled outside a cozy cabin. A bear finds it there and sets off to enjoy the ride of all rides, joined in turn by some other forest denizens. As each joins the ride, the animals’ positions change: The bear is on his back with the rabbit perched on his feet, then he is atop the moose’s antlers, a position next occupied by an exhilarated-looking porcupine. By the end of the hill, the tower of animals on top of the sled is quite shaky and collapses, “fluoomp…….ft” in a heap. The entirety is wordless but for the carefully chosen onomatopoeic words that perfectly capture the sounds and bring the adventure to life: the "scrinch scrunch" of footsteps in new snow, the "sssssffft" of the sled on its run and the “whoa” of the animals as they enjoy the ride. When the fun is over, they return the sled to the cabin, where the child puzzles over the footprints in the morning. Though rendered simply, Judge’s pencil-and-watercolor animals are gloriously full of life and infectious joy. Readers will be hard-pressed to finish this without letting their own joy show through.

Pure genius. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-2007-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Atheneum
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2011




2011 BEST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: BOOKS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS:

ChildrenTHE CHESHIRE CHEESE CAT by Carmen Agra Deedy
by Carmen Agra Deedy
ChildrenTHE INQUISITOR'S APPRENTICE by Chris Moriarty
by Chris Moriarty
ChildrenSECRETS AT SEA by Richard Peck
by Richard Peck
ChildrenME...JANE by Patrick McDonnell
by Patrick McDonnell
ChildrenWILD WINGS by Gill Lewis
by Gill Lewis
ChildrenTWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Jerry Pinkney
by Jerry Pinkney

MORE BY LITA JUDGE

ChildrenWHEN YOU NEED WINGS by Lita Judge
by Lita Judge
ChildrenHOMES IN THE WILD by Lita Judge
by Lita Judge
ChildrenPENGUIN FLIES HOME by Lita Judge
by Lita Judge

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenLUCY TRIES LUGE by Lisa Bowes
by Lisa Bowes
ChildrenSNOWMEN AT NIGHT by Caralyn Buehner
by Caralyn Buehner
ChildrenWILLIAM'S WINTER NAP by Linda Ashman
by Linda Ashman