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Rusty's red vacation
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, c1997.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : illustrations ; 21 cm.
On vacation, Rusty and his family go camping in the woods. Illustrations feature the color red.


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"Working with only white space, black line & one primary color, film animator & first-time author Asbury creates a unified reading series.... Redhead Rusty describes a camping trip with his family & his hound Ruby.... Impressively focused & well-executed." -Publishers Weekly

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1‘These three books, illustrated in black and the color in the title, are stylistically reminiscent of the books published by William R. Scott in the late 1930s. The color lies flat and shadowless on the page. The look is old-fashioned and solid, and yet it is not staid. Rather, the bold cartoon drawings pop off the page and may strike readers as retro rather than boring with their yellow milk cartons, red trees, and blue bushes. A single line of text supports each illustration. Routines surrounding three aspects of life‘summer at home, a camping vacation, and a day at school‘are presented. These are simple, rudimentary tales told with an occasional nod to the spirit of the 90s‘Bonnie reads her bedtime book to Dad and in school the kids watch an afternoon video. These titles could be used to open young children's eyes to color and design. As easily, they could serve as beginning readers. They are fresh, enjoyable, and childlike.‘Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Working with only white space, black line and one primary color per book, film animator and first-time author Asbury creates a unified reading series. Each book features a child narrator and sly references to color. Redhead Rusty describes a camping trip with his family and his hound, Ruby (who begs comparison to another big red dog, Clifford); in the forest, cardinals play among redwood trees. Blonde Yolanda rides the bus to the Sunshine School, snacks on a banana and paints a sunflower. Brunette Bonnie and her cat, Bluebonnet, spend a typical day at home; Bonnie plays in the swimming pool and eats blueberry pie. Asbury's medium (a black crayon matched with either a red, yellow or blue one) couldn't be simpler, and his woodblock-print-like compositions are technically solid. He makes strategic use of color concepts, like the red gingham tablecloth at Rusty's picnic, the canary in Yolanda's classroom and the blue water in Bonnie's backyard pool. After picking out all the red, yellow and blue objects here, readers may want to name other everyday sights that come in primary colors. Asbury makes the most of his three-tone concept; this trio is impressively focused and well executed. Ages 2-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Simple and direct, each of these books is told in the first person by the title character. Bonnie takes us through a day at home. Rusty goes camping with his family. Yolanda takes us through a day in first grade. Each book is illustrated with two colors: bold black crayon and well-positioned swaths of the title color. From HORN BOOK 1997, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.