“A delightfully quirky book that perfectly blends counting, interactivity and notes of sweetness and spunk.”
Rudy can’t find his favorite sweater—where could it be? Follow along with Rudy in this clever and off-the-wall story about his quest for the missing sweater that takes him counting back from ten as he follows the pink string and finally discovers what he’s looking for, but with an unexpected twist! The fun-to-follow string, single riddle, and series of interactive elements (including cutouts and flaps add to the entertainment value of this quirky book that delights from start to finish. The illustrations are jam packed with pizzazz—vivid colors, spunky animals, and charming details— and pair perfectly with the plentiful alliteration and wonderful word choices as readers pass by “prima pigerinas pirouetting” and “ski-dogs slaloming on the stairs”. There are slight references to bathroom humor twice in illustrations, and while perhaps unnecessary, their subtleness adds an additional element of humor without detracting. This book ends on just the right note as (spoiler alert!) Rudy doesn’t mind when he learns that it is his sister who has swiped his sweater—rounding out the story with an unanticipated does of sweetness and sharing.
Follow Rudy as he searches for his favorite pink sweater in this interactive board book.
Rudy is looking for his favorite pink sweater. It’s a little small—he’s growing out of it—yet he can’t help but treasure it! The nine jiving llamas haven’t seen it, and neither have the eight prima pigerinas. Lift the flaps and peek through the die-cuts as Rudy follows a trail of pink yarn from his bedroom to the kitchen to the backyard and everywhere in between. This sweet, adventurous story is filled with bold and humorous illustrations, plus a fun counting element along the way.
Rudy gets the instruction to: “Follow the trail follow the string to find your favorite wooly thing.” Can you trace the pink string through the entire book?
This book has some awesome words you may not already be familiar with. Did you hear any words you didn’t know? Ask an adult to explain them for you!
Rudy ends up being happy to share his sweater with his sister! What makes sharing hard? How does Rudy’s example make sharing easier?
Nicola’s style is very character heavy, colourful and playful. She takes influence from old Disney concept art, mid-century modern style and nature. On her desk Nicola keeps a mechanical pencil, soft drawing pencils in Ink blue, Ivory black and Chocolate, a nib pen, Indian ink and stacks of cartridge paper. She sketches, scans her drawings into Photoshop where she colours and manipulates them using her Wacom tablet. (Bio via childrensillustrators.com/nslater/about)
“Plot, interactivity, vocabulary, and counting all contribute in making this an engaging book . . . A sweet and subtle book on sharing.”