Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!

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Gay, M. (2010). Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! Toronto: Groundwood Books.

Roslyn wakes up one morning knowing full well what is on her agenda for the day. Dig a hole to China, of course! Or perhaps the South Pole so she can finally meet a penguin. Enthusiastically she bounds down the stairs and recounts the plan to her father at the breakfast table, to which he simply inquires, “Will you be home in time for lunch?” While digging, she encounters some resistance from a worm and from a mole but does not allow this to dampen her energy. However, at one point she begins to lose hope that she will ultimately succeed until her father brings a picnic lunch and her imagination is sparked once more.

Clearly the pictures give information that the text does not as they portray Roslyn’s dynamic, childlike nature. We see her spring out of bed, send her breakfast cascading, and can feel as if we are there, watching her move zealously in a kaleidoscope of movement and colour. Torn paper and mixed media renderings are met with dashes of vivid colour accenting an earthy palette. Charming details are discovered with multiple readings, such as Roslyn’s stuffed pig with wings or her bunny slippers.

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