Red Sled

by Lita Judge

First. You have to read the interview with Lita Judge over at Jules’ Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog. That studio! That giant cat! Doesn’t she sound like the kind of person you want to have poached eggs and lemongrass tea with? Yes.

Red Sled is a perfect book for a cold and cozy winter. (Even if you are in the land of perpetual seventy degree weather. Still perfect.)

It’s mostly wordless, but the words that do exist capture the sounds of the crispy, crunchy snow, and the wheees and whoops of a whimsical winter bunch.

The palette is quiet and bright; the winter whites are a highlight. But then! There’s a red sled. A peek of a red cap. Tiny bursts of color on an otherwise muted scene.

Also, I adore how Lita used a border to contain the scenes in the pages. Something about that feels extra cozy and warm. Instead of bleeding to the edge of the page, the pictures are all wrapped in a wintry white blanket. Perhaps a nice reminder of the snug-and-settled-in-ness of the season?

And any book that ends with a mouse tangled up in moose antlers is a guaranteed smile-getter.



  • Posted December 3, 2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    THAT STUDIO!!!!! Gorgeous place to work turns out gorgeous material!

  • Posted December 3, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I KNOW!

  • Posted December 3, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I want to curl up in this book with a mug of hot cocoa.

  • Posted December 3, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Preach, Falatko,

  • Posted December 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I feel like I left us hanging with that awkward comma. Surely I meant: PREACH, FALATKO!!

  • tinamcho
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Fun! That red is perfect for Christmas. Her office is beautiful!

  • Posted December 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    And the colors on the cover really pop, but in a nice and inviting way.

  • Posted December 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi, congratulations to your site, your illustration are very beautiful!!
    I’m a young boy who love graphic art, street art and comix.
    Would you like to see my works? I need some advertising!
    Thanks and sorry for my bad english.


  • Posted December 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    I love the ‘scrinch’ and the ‘scrunch’!