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Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!

Written by Marie-Louise Gay

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888999948
  • 9" x 9"
  • Reading age from 2 to 5
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Rabbits
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Values


Publication Date August 01, 2010

Winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration, and a finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award

Roslyn Rutabaga is an exuberant, feisty young rabbit with a vivid imagination. One day Roslyn wakes up with a plan. She will dig the biggest hole on earth.With her father's quiet encouragement, Roslyn sets out on her big adventure. 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 has written and illustrated this humorous and endearing tale as an ode to the imagination and determination of children, who create their own worlds out of the little things in life.

Winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award 2011

Selected for the CCBC Choices 2011

Short-listed for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2010

Selected for the Toronto Public Library First & Best Book 2010

Selected for the Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Children's Books for Friends and Family 2010

Selected for the Capitol Choices 2011

Selected for the Resource Links' Year's Best 2010

Selected for the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection 2011


Marie-Louise Gay
Marie-Louise Gay has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal.


Star Review

"Gay's trademark breezy humour runs through this delightful book, and the heroine's infectious enthusiasm will have readers cheering." Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"Imaginative and adventurous children will identify with Roslyn in this simple, fun story." School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"...readers will find much to relish in the illustrations. Roslyn Rutabaga is one darned determined and adorable bunny." Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"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." Publishers Weekly

"Are we in store for a spate of 21st-century Rutabaga Tales? We can only hope so, if Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! is anything to go on." Globe and Mail

"...Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth does a great job illustrating a child's free spirit and imagination..." Everything Mom