BLUE SPRUCE nominee – 2012
Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth
by Marie-Louise Gay
Toronto: House of Anansi/Groundwood Books, 2010
Interests: digging, scientific inquiry, nature, animals
Also by this author: Rainy Day Magic, Stella: Queen of the Snow
Little Roslyn has decided that today’s the day she’s going to dig the biggest hole on earth. She’s determined and energetic, but she just can’t seem to get very far, what with worm and mole both complaining about her digging up their homes. And then the dinosaur bones she discovers turn out to be the dog’s buried treasure. Oh well, as her father points out, it’s still a pretty good hole for having a picnic in.
Roslyn is a go-getter, imbued with the spirit of adventure and scientific inquiry. Children will get a kick out of her drive and ambition. The obstacles she encounters turn the day and the project into a bit of a schmozzle, but she doesn’t mind too much by the end and her dad cheers her up with a picnic.