Roslyn Rutabaga

In the olden days, I managed children's departments at Barnes & Noble and Borders for many years. Between the constant influx of new books and my staff discount, I amassed a pretty decent collection of picture books, my favorite format-within-a-genre. While I've given away and sold off some of them over the years, I did unearth a few boxes in our storage unit a few weeks ago when we were organizing for our impending move. One of my favorite illustrators/authors is Marie-Louise Gay, a lovely Canadian who manages to create precocious and curious female characters in all of her books. Stella, her most famous protagonist, is a personal favorite as she loves nature, is completely domineering when it comes to her little brother Sam and self-confident in a way that is hilarious and charming.

When my coworker received a pile of children's books on her desk today from a recent shipment, I rolled right over when I saw a sweet little bunny face. I was even more delighted to discover that it was another Gay** book! I quickly read it and was immediately enamored with this sweet bunny girl's quest to dig the biggest hole on Earth. Roslyn meets many nay-sayers along the way, including a worm and a mole who can't be bothered with her goals, but she trudges on! I won't spoil the story's end but I will tell was great.

It was so great, in fact, that I went straight to the bookstore and bought myself a copy. Or two. Yes, two. One for me and one for you. I'm one of the greatest proponents of engaging our inner children, and Roslyn helped me do that today. On other days I can be found climbing jungle gyms or doing cannonballs into pools. Yes, really. I'm ridiculous.

Anyway! To win your copy of Roslyn Rutabaga and The Biggest Hole on Earth, please leave a comment telling me YOUR favorite kids book on this post before Sunday May 22nd at 11:59pm EST. I will choose a winner on Monday May 23rd and mail your copy out ASAP. If you have any questions, e-mail me. Good luck! CLOSED!

** No pun intended, but pun enjoyed nonetheless!


  1. Marika chose
    Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

  2. wow, i have so many favorite children's book it's weird...if i did have to choose one that told a very good story, it would have to be The Boy Who Looked like Lincoln by Mike Reiss and illustrated by David Catrow. its a great little story about a boy who hated the fact that he looked like Abe because he always got picked on, but when his parents send him to a camp for kids who 'look like things,' he discovers that he is happy to resemble one of the greatest Presidents of our history. i love this book because it teaches kids to be happy with their appearance and who they are...and it's just a plan cute book!

    BOY! i hope i win!

  3. Even though I missed the deadline for the giveaway, I wanted to weigh in on this. I have way to many favorite children's books to name, but here are a few favorites.

    Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert. A cat tries to catch some birds for his meal, but alas, is unsuccessful. In the process we are taken on a mini field guide of north American birds, with Ehlert's signature cut and paste artwork.

    I Am Invited to a Party by Mo Willems. One of the Elephant and Piggie books, this one always led to uproarious laughter when I read this at pre-k story time.

    Mister Dog: The Dog Who Belonged to Himself by Margaret Wise Brown. In my opinion this is her best story. Crispin’s Crispian is the dog who belonged to himself and this story tells of his adventures. This was my favorite book once I was able to read on my own.

    This list could keep going ad nauseum, so I will simply end it here. Thanks for the fun post!


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