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The Red Scarf

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Amazing stories can be told with almost no words, as Anne Villeneuve demonstrates in The Red Scarf, originally published in French as L’echarpe rouge.

One day, a taxi driver finds a red scarf left behind in his cab by a customer. Determined to find the scarf’s owner, the cabbie unknowingly walks into a world filled with strange characters: a friendly lizard, a mischievous b
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Tundra Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Elizabeth Menchaca
Oct 30, 2014 Elizabeth Menchaca rated it liked it
The Red Scarf
Turpin the taxi driver is having another monotonous day until a mysterious man in black forgets his red scarf. Since Turpin is a kind and genuine little rat he chases after the man with the intent to return the forgotten scarf. Suddenly his day wasn’t so ordinary, he followed him into a circus tent where he was stopped by a frog on a unicycle. The frog let him through after he explained that he was trying to return the scarf. As he precedes to follow the shadowy man he gets himself
Jul 22, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
This is a picture book in its purest form. Like watching a silent film, The Red Scarf is a book of few words. The illustrations, provided by Villeneuve, are a messy mix of crayon and ink. The colourless protagonist, Turpin the taxi driver, leads the reader through the rushed and impetuous world of the circus. It is clever, engaging, and incredibly funny. Read it, read it, read it!
Nov 17, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining, almost wordless book that details a taxi driver's attempt to return a scarf left behind by a customer. The illustrations are colorful, with a crayon scribble texture to the coloration and a graphic novel format.

The story is short, but humorous and we enjoyed making up our own narrative as we flipped through the pages.
Angie Quantrell
Apr 19, 2016 Angie Quantrell rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
8 words in this story on the first 2 pages. After that, the reader interprets the story according to his or her experience with the circus and illustrations. Good for pre reading and letting readers tell their own story.
Nov 09, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
A vibrant, lively adventure of a story! A passenger leaves his red scarf in a taxi and the very committed driver is determined to return it to him. He follows the man to a circus and manages to get swallowed by a lion and in a tug-of-war with a monkey before falling into the magician's box. The ending includes a fun twist -- a jester-type animal runs after the taxi driver to return his hat.

This is a really fun wordless picture book. I especially liked the circus theme for the story and it made
Shanshad Whelan
Sep 25, 2012 Shanshad Whelan rated it really liked it
A mostly wordless tale of a taxi driver's adventure when he attempts to return a brilliant red scarf to a magician. Reminds me a bit of Laundry Day, also out this year in which a bright piece of cloth inspires and is central to the encounters that take place in the book as the main character tries to return it to its owner.
Jun 23, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it
The taxi driver tries to return a red driver is a black and white (and red for the scarf) sketch in full color-pencil illustrations. Driver reminds me strongly of Krazy Kat. Perfect ending (driver leaves his hat behind when he goes) which is sometimes hard to pull off when you're telling such an episodic story.
Maureen Milton
A charming, nearly wordless translation. Two quibbles: is the main character a mouse? The only way that I can tell is that he enacts the ?sterotype/?truth that elephants are terrified of mice. Is the presumed audience aware of this mouse-elephant canard?
Apr 14, 2010 MissInformation rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Wordless! Yay!
Chasing a passenger who left a red scarf in his cab, a taxi driver has an amazing adventure as he wends his way through a circus.
Fun, energetic pastel and ink illustrations.
Mar 03, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing
I loved this almost wordless picture book! I can imagine that it would be a great book to share one on one with a young child. Fun, clever, wonderfully illustrated
Susan Erhardt
Mar 30, 2010 Susan Erhardt rated it really liked it
Cute wordless story about a taxi driver who gets caught up in the circus because he's determined to return a customer's scarf -- nice twist at the end.
Katie Sicking
Sep 17, 2013 Katie Sicking rated it really liked it
This story began with one sentence, and then the rest was all pictures. It's a good example of how a story can be told without words.
Apr 27, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
Shelves: jv
A red scarf left in his taxi draws an unsuspecting driver into all kinds of circus acts.
Apr 24, 2013 Peacegal rated it did not like it
I didn't really care too much for this book. The animal-circus setting really lost me.
Scottsdale Public Library
The book is a spectacular pictorial return under the big top. –Monty K.-
Sep 26, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
A lovely wordless book. Full of expression and color.
Tina Bartholoma
Jul 20, 2010 Tina Bartholoma rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
nearly wordless, circus, taxi driver
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