Parents beware: Children are likely to scout out the highest hill to try to replicate this amazing run."
"Rule sprinkles the exciting adventure with some lovely imagery ... Her lyrical tone mirrors the picturesque charm of Thermes's watercolor illustrations. The faces of the characters alight with anticipation and the crisp, snow-covered landscapes perfectly capture the joy and freedom of a carefree childhood. Young readers will shiver with delight along with the intrepid sledders as they stare down at their town, spread out below them, so tiny and far away."
School Library Journal
"When an icy crust forms over the snow, Lizzie and her friends have one thing on their minds: sledding. Lizzie persuades her Grandpa Bud to lend her the homemade sled he used as a child ("We promised not to break ourselves"), and the children make the difficult climb up a slick, crusty hill of ice. Rule and Thermes gracefully depict the exhilaration of snowy play and the wisp of anxiety that comes as they gaze down the intimidating slope. There's a nostalgic air to the book; Lizzie's story reads like one that she'll pass down to later generations, just like Grandpa Bud's stories and his sled.
"... This is told with so much joie de vivre and illustrated with such humor and gusto that readers will have almost as much fun as the sledders. Although the story seems to be set in the present, the fact that Gramps, as a kid, slid past the blacksmith's shop points to an earlier era. Besides, it's hard to imagine today's protective parents allowing all this (dangerous) hilarity. Icy, dicey, and scary for sure!"
Ilene Cooper, Booklist(American Library Association)
Rule has created a book that captures the wildness and pure joy of sledding...Rule builds suspense really well here, having the children figure out what sled to use, where to get it, and then the puzzle of how to climb an icy hillside without all sliding back to the bottom. There is also plenty of action and movement throughout, creating a perfect pacing along with the text... Get this one on your shelves for the holidays and sledding season. You may just see your breath in the air as you read it aloud.
Tasha Saecker, Librarian and Book Reviewer, Waking Brain Cells
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With each turn of the page, vivid watercolor illustrations set the stage for a magical ride that carries readers up and down, and back up again. A delightful romp of a read for all ages, this picture book deserves a spot under the Christmas tree this year ... right next to a sled from Santa.
The Talking Walnut
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“Sled Ride” wins N.H. Literary Award for Best Children’s Book
“The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!,” an enchanting tale of seven children who set out to enjoy an epic sled ride one magical winter’s day, has won the 2014 New Hampshire Literary Award for Best Children’s Book.
Rule’s debut picture book, which was illustrated by Jennifer Thermes, has received wide acclaim since it was released in November, 2012. That recognition includes a Kirkus Star, which is given by the influential magazine to books of “remarkable merit.” In addition, School Library Journal, a national literary magazine, placed the title on its “Great Books for Snowy Days” list.
“This is my first book for children. I love writing for this new audience and appreciate their enthusiasm. I’m very grateful for Jennifer Therme’s whimsical illustrations, which add a whole new layer of fun to the story,” Rule said. “To receive recognition from the NH Writers’ Project, an organization I’ve belonged to since it started twenty-five years ago, is terrific. It’s a wonderful support to writers and readers all over the state.
The literary awards honor the top books of the Granite State and will be officially presented at a ceremony at Southern New Hampshire University on March 22. The New Hampshire Writers’ Project also presents awards, which are given every two years, for best books in the categories of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and young adult.
Rule is a popular storyteller and author who performs regularly across New Hampshire. In addition to her children’s book, she has written nine other books including “Live Free and Eat Pie! A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire” and “Headin’ for the Rhubarb,” both published by Islandport Press, and “The Best Revenge,” an award-winning collection of short stories.
Thermes, who lives in Connecticut, has also illustrated “There are No Moose on this Island!,” published by Islandport Press, as well as “Bear and Bird,” “Helen Keller’s Best Friend Belle,” and “Sam Bennett’s New Shoes.”
The New Hampshire Writers’ Project, a statewide membership-based nonprofit literary arts organization, serves as a resource for writers, publishers, booksellers, literary agents, educators, librarians, and readers in and near New Hampshire.