Red Sled

Red Sled

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by Lita Judge
     
 

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In this almost wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child's sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, RED SLED will become a wintertime favorite.

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In this almost wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child's sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, RED SLED will become a wintertime favorite.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With a few well-chosen sound effects, a cozy winter landscape, and a group of enthusiastic, four-legged sledders, Judge (Strange Creatures: The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum) creates a story that’s both cuddly and smartly paced. “Scrunch scrinch scrunch scrinch scrunch scrinch” is just the noise a bear’s padded paws might make walking across the snow as he nicks a red sled he finds leaning up against a house—he’s intent on a little evening recreation. “Gadung gadung gadung gadung” is the noise the sled makes as it courses, shuddering, down the hill under the combined weight of the bear, a moose, and a rabbit. “Sssssffft” is the sound it makes as the three carve out a turn past a tree with a couple of curious raccoon pups and an opossum on it, then “Whoa” as the spectators drop onto the crowded sled. Judge makes the animals fuzzy and well-padded without slipping into sentimentality. Her spreads are lucidly drafted, the action is easy to follow—peppy, but never frenetic—and the conclusion is both inevitable and satisfying. Ages 2–5. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
*“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…. The entirety is wordless but for the carefully chosen onomatopoeic words that perfectly capture the sounds and bring the adventure to life…. 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.”

--Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2011, *STAR

*"The premise of this book is simple; the execution is anything but.... Pencil and watercolor spreads create a basic wintry mountain environment, but the stars of the show are the expressive animals. Their childlike delight in each dynamic scene brings a sense of excitement to the story. The text consists entirely of sound effects, laid out on the page in varying font sizes to evoke a sense of movement. The book begs to be read aloud and offers wonderful opportunities for audience participation. This delightful flight of fancy conveys the true excitement of sledding with the imagined fun of befriending wildlife. A gem."

--School Library Journal, October 2011, *STAR

*“With a few well-chosen sound effects, a cozy winter landscape, and a group of enthusiastic, four-legged sledders, Judge (Strange Creatures: The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum) creates a story that’s both cuddly and smartly paced…. Judge makes the animals fuzzy and well-padded without slipping into sentimentality. Her spreads are lucidly drafted, the action is easy to follow—peppy, but never frenetic—and the conclusion is both inevitable and satisfying.”

--Publishers Weekly, October 17, 2011, *STAR

"The expanses of snow and starry skies project a remarkable silence in this almost wordless book, broken only by the whoops of the animals. Soft, round shapes abound. Pre-readers will love being able to tell the story themselves; don’t be surprised to see stuffed animals show up in strange places!"

--Library Media Connection, Jan/Feb 2012, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“Readers-aloud will relish the performance opportunities afforded by the critters’exclamations of “Alley-oop!”…. Audiences will appreciate the fantastical touch, warming particularly to the possibilities of the human-animal outing under the stars…. Use this as a wintry bedtime book, and encourage the kids to listen for animal-sledding sounds as they fall asleep.”

-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, December 2011

"I am, at this moment, wracking my brain to recall another children's book that so perfectly captures and portrays the feeling of delight that this one does.... RED SLED is pure magic."

--Richie's Picks, December 1, 2011

“Perfect for toddlers - wonderfully illustrated in pencil and watercolor with big bold images and no real words, just the sounds of woodland animals that have fun with a kid's red sled…. It's strikingly original and totally inspired."
--San Francisco Chronicle, December 25, 2011

“Just the right blend of danger and delight, this book is perfect for a wintry night."

--People Magazine, December 19, 2011

"In another nearly wordless romp in the great outdoors, award-winning author and illustrator Lita Judge (“Pennies for Elephants”) conjures the story of Red Sled.... There is no language – just a marvelous progression of “scrunch,” “ssssffft,” “whoa,” and “eeeee” as the critters whisk through the night on the sled. When the little boy awakes in the morning, there is just a scattering of telltale tracks to hint at what his sled might have experienced."

--Christian Science Monitor

“Talk about joy rides. Lita Judge’s drawings in pencil and watercolor enliven a simple, nearly wordless tale, but the biggest delights are the sound effects…a perfect book for reading aloud, especially by expressive readers who can do justice to a walk in the snow: “Scrinch scrunch scrinch scrunch scrinch scrunch.”

USA Today, January 5, 2012

“Each double-page spread features a serene snowscape bathed in moonlight, the perfect foil for the explosive humor of the animals’ antics.”

The Washington Post, January 3, 2012

“This nearly wordless, nearly perfect picture book celebrates winter in a most unusual way….The woodland characters are deftly rendered, and their joy is contagious.”

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), March 4, 2012

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
On a wintery day, child comes home from a day of sledding and leaves a red sled outside the cabin. Night falls and the evening adventure begins. A bear spies the red sled leaning against the cabin and carries it off. The bear is joined by a rabbit. Together, they go sledding down the hillside. It is not long before a moose, some raccoons, and other creatures join in on the ride of their lives. Although the text is minimal and only covers the sounds made during the adventure, the illustrations capture the fun and excitement along with the thrills and spills as the animals go for a joyride on the sled. The pictures fill the pages with the different expressions like the feeling of the porcupine's amusement and the sheer look of terror in the mouse's eyes. At the end of the story, there is a fun twist that may entice children to want to start the story all over again. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The premise of this book is simple; the execution is anything but. A child (Caucasian, of indeterminate gender) leaves a red sled outside the house one night, and an ever-growing group of animals borrows it for some snowy sliding fun. Having noticed the footprints, the child realizes what happened and waits to join the critters the next night. Pencil and watercolor spreads create a basic wintry mountain environment, but the stars of the show are the expressive animals. Their childlike delight in each dynamic scene brings a sense of excitement to the story. The text consists entirely of sound effects, laid out on the page in varying font sizes to evoke a sense of movement. The book begs to be read aloud and offers wonderful opportunities for audience participation. This delightful flight of fancy conveys the true excitement of sledding with the imagined fun of befriending wildlife. A gem.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Kirkus Reviews
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)
Kristi Jemtegaard
Each double-page spread features a serene snowscape bathed in moonlight, the perfect foil for the explosive humor of the animals' antics.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442420076
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
210,376
Product dimensions:
10.06(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Lita Judge was born in Alaska and spent much of her childhood in the north woods of Wisconsin and other wintry places. Lita is the award-winning author and illustrator of several children’s books, including Flight School, Red Hat, Red Sled, One Thousand Tracings, and Pennies for Elephants. She lives with her husband in New Hampshire, and you can visit her online at LitaJudge.com.

Lita Judge was born in Alaska and spent much of her childhood in the north woods of Wisconsin and other wintry places. Lita is the award-winning author and illustrator of several children’s books, including Flight School, Red Hat, Red Sled, One Thousand Tracings, and Pennies for Elephants. She lives with her husband in New Hampshire, and you can visit her online at LitaJudge.com.

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Red Sled 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
OregonReaderEP More than 1 year ago
Red Sled is a delight! Lita Judge¿s new book blends a joyful tale with art bouncing with life. Judge has the rare ability to capture the essence of real animals and fill them with humor, expression and fanciful actions. Her animals reach into our hearts as did Beatrix Potter with Peter Rabbit. Lita Judge¿s words are begging to be shared out loud, ¿Scrunch scrinch scrunch scrinch ¿..¿ We hear the story while we watch it happening. Little children will enjoy the book by themselves, but, best of all, is the delight it will bring to all ages when they share the book and enjoy the fabulous story of a shared red sled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our whole family adores Red Sled. My children, five and seven, my wife, and I are equally enchanted by the warmth of these beautiful--often truly breathtaking--illustrations, and by the poignancy of this timeless story. Like us, you will want to slide off into the moonlit night with this young child and all these loveable friends from the woods outside the snow-covered cabin. This is such a special book!
mstewartfairley More than 1 year ago
Red Sled may be almost wordless, but it's full of heart and soul. This is a new kind of book for Judge, who is well known for her picture book biographies and nonfiction science. And it seems to be the book she was born to create. The joyous exuberance of the animals is impossible to deny as they whiz through a winter wonderland on a borrowed red sled. Perfect for sharing with your favorite child and a steaming cup of cocoa, this book is bound to become a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most lovely, cozy, wonderful little books I've seen in a very long time. DON'T miss it!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She waited to be judged. (I will get judged by Anubis if Hades isnt on soon.)