Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!

Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!

by Marie-Louise Gay
     
 

Roslyn Rutabaga is a feisty little rabbit with a vivid imagination. One day she wakes up with a big plan: "I will dig the biggest hole on earth. Not a tiny mouse hole. Not a medium-sized rabbit hole. The Biggest Hole on Earth!" With her father’s quiet encouragement, Roslyn sets out on her big adventure, but obstacles abound — a grumpy worm, a

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Roslyn Rutabaga is a feisty little rabbit with a vivid imagination. One day she wakes up with a big plan: "I will dig the biggest hole on earth. Not a tiny mouse hole. Not a medium-sized rabbit hole. The Biggest Hole on Earth!" With her father’s quiet encouragement, Roslyn sets out on her big adventure, but obstacles abound — a grumpy worm, a grouchy mole, and a bone-hogging dog get in her way. Will she find a pirate’s treasure or a dinosaur bone? Will she meet a penguin? Anything could happen! Marie-Louise Gay’s humorous and endearing tale is an ode to the imagination and determination of children who create their own worlds out of the little things in life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Roslyn's ambitious plan to dig the Biggest Hole on Earth in her backyard turns out to involve negotiations with a worm, mole, and dog, all of whom protest as she shovels ("This is my front yard!" yells the worm. "You can't dig your big old hole here, you silly rabbit!"). She persists, however, and when her father emerges at lunchtime, her hole can accommodate both of them. Roslyn has hoped to dig deep enough to hit the South Pole, and when she wonders if penguins like carrot sandwiches, her father says gently, "As soon as we see one, we'll ask." Against a sea of white space, Roslyn's world is built on islands of torn, textural paper, which Gay (the Stella series) paints with a mixture of different media and fills with many small trinkets--paper airplanes, dog bones, odd socks--flying carelessly off them. Roslyn and her father are chubby white bunnies; her father wears spectacles and striped pants. It's an understated story about what happens when you bite off more than you can chew, and a touching portrait of a quietly supportive parent. Ages 2-5. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Roslyn Rutabaga wakes up one day with an exuberant plan: "I will dig the biggest hole on earth. Not a tiny mouse hole. Not a medium-sized rabbit hole. The Biggest Hole on Earth!" With her father's encouragement, the young rabbit sets out to achieve her goal. However, she runs into some obstacles, including meeting a grumpy worm when she digs in his front yard, a grouchy mole as she digs in his bedroom, and an unhappy dog as she digs up his bone. Just when all this digging tires Roslyn out, her father joins her in the hole, and they share a picnic lunch. The whimsical illustrations, created on Kraft paper and handmade Japanese paper with watercolor, acrylic, pastels, aquarelle crayons, pencil, and collage, are busy without being overdone. Imaginative and adventurous children will identify with Roslyn in this simple, fun story.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
Kirkus Reviews

Roslyn Rutabaga wakes up one morning with a grand plan: She wants to dig the Biggest Hole on Earth. Maybe it will even lead to the South Pole! She crunches down her carrot flakes and sets to work. But before she digs very far, an angry worm pops up and yells at her for digging up his front yard. Then she accidentally wakes a grouchy mole from his slumber. And finally, just when she thinks she's found a Triceratops's big-toe bone, a grumbling dog comes and snatches his dinner away. Roslynflops back into the hole, defeated. She's never going to meet a penguin now. But then her dad walks by and marvels at her work. The hole may not have reached the South Pole, but it does happen to be the perfect place for a picnic! With smudgy brown dirt flying and bits of carrots, leaves, boots and bugs (and at one point suggestive Chinese characters) strewn about in Gay's torn-paper–and–mixed-media renderings, readers will find much to relish in the illustrations. RoslynRutabaga is one darned determined—and adorable—bunny. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888999948
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
07/29/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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