Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 9
- Grade: 1 to 4
One student from Mrs. Wallace's second grade class will be chosen to tell a special Christmas story at the school assembly. When Redheaded Robbie's name is pulled from the hat, the class groans. Poor Robbie! Whenever he is excited or nervous, his words come out all twisted and confused. How will he be able to tell his Christmas story at the assembly? Won't everyone laugh? With a little help from some friends, Robbie learns that it is not so much how a person speaks but what is said that matters the most.
About the authors
A practicing attorney, William Luttrell was inspired to write Redheaded Robbie after listening to the same Christmas Eve sermon for the third year in a row. His first version was about a redheaded pastor who became flustered every time he had to speak in public. Bill changed the redheaded pastor to a redheaded second-grader, made him say strange words when he because nervous or upset, and Redheaded Robbie was born. Two of his other Christmas stories, “Marielle’s Christmas Gift” and “The Day The Twins Stole Jesus,” have been made into radio dramas. Bill lives near West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife Carol and their two daughters, Laura and Lisa.
Luc Melanson won the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for The Grand Journey of Mr. Man by Gilles Tibo, and he was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for My Great Big Mamma by Olivier Ka, Les Compositeurs by Claudio Ricignuolo and La petite Kim by Kim Yaroshevskaya. He has illustrated many books, including Book of Big Brothers by Cary Fagan, and Pink by Nan Gregory, both finalists for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. Pink was a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Luc lives in Laval, Quebec.