Red Sled – by Lita Judge


 Red Sled – by Lita Judge, Little Simon, c2011, 2019. 9781534446380

Format: Board book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:   Wordless picture book

What did you like about the book? This board book version of Judge’s 2011 classic  has all the fun of the original.  A toddler in a snowsuit and bright red cap returns from sledding and leaves a red sled propped up outside against the cabin.  A bear absconds with the sled, and, accompanied by a rabbit, takes off down the hill with an ‘alley-oop.’  A moose is watching, and soon joins in the fun, followed by several other woodland creatures who all pile on the sled, until they land upside down with a ‘fluoomp….ft.’  In the morning, the child finds bear and rabbit tracks in the snow, and in the end the sled is heading downhill again, full of animals and one snowsuited child, with a ‘Wheeeeeee.’

The only words in this lovely little book are sound effects and exclamations.  Judge perfectly captures noises, such as the ‘scrunch scrunch scrinch’ of someone walking in the snow. The text is artfully laid out, using different-size type to indicate changes in distance or volume, and curves in the lines to show movement.  (I particularly like the way the sound ‘Gadung’ bounces down the hill with the bear riding on the moose’s antlers.)  The beautiful snowy night scenery, full of shadows and lit by a full moon, is offset by the comical facial expressions of the animals as they careen down the hills and change positions on the sled.  It’s definitely a wintertime romp worth repeating.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I prefer it in the larger, picture book size; I don’t think the board book does justice to the artwork – the snowy scenes need more space to shine.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would make such a great lap book for a cozy snowed-in day!  Parents and caregivers of toddlers and preschoolers will have so much fun sharing this with little ones, making up the story as they go through it.  As with many wordless books, it could also be useful as a writing prompt for older students.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools; public and elementary school libraries should have the picture book edition

Where would you shelve it?  Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Leigh King, Lincoln St. Elementary School, Northborough, Mass.

Date of review: 11/15/19

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