The Red Scarf

Author & Illustrator: Anne Villeneuve
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-88776-989-4
Pages: 40
Price: $17.95

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On a very ordinary gray day, Turpin the taxi driver picks up a mysterious passenger. Upon his departure, the man in a black cape and top hat leaves behind a red scarf. Turpin immediately goes after him, trying to return it.

His determination to return the red scarf brings him to the circus, where he runs into all sorts of unusual people, animals, and circumstances. The friendly circus folk lead him to the magician, and suddenly Turpin ends up in the middle of the act.

The Red Scarf contains only eight words, and the rest of the story is told completely in pictures. Bright and colorful illustrations remind us that this is anything but an ordinary gray day. As children follow the cab driver through his extraordinary adventure, they will happily find themselves in the center of the circus performance, along with Turpin.

Reviewer: Alice Berger