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by Masha D'yans, illustrated by Masha D'yans

Age Range: 5 - 7

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-545-22500-7
Publisher: Scholastic

Waking up in a “razzle-dazzle mood,” young Ruby dances outside for wintry adventures as a “gleaming-beaming snow queen” in this high-energy debut.

Moving elements driven by spinners, sliders and pull tabs augment snowy settings laid out in collage and vivid watercolor on visibly rough-textured paper. D’Yans takes her big-eyed, pink-cheeked lass on a set of mini-adventures involving a menacing (but not really) snowman, a friendly neighboring “foot soldier” named Zac and a canine “knight in barking armor” before returning her to a homey “castle” to plan future outings. Though one of the pullout tabs is the long, slender sort that bends almost immediately and other effects are underwhelming, a tree laden with sparkling foil stars puts on a fetching show, and one particularly effective spread features Ruby and Zac waving arms and legs to make snow angels. Younger children will also get a charge out of removing Ruby’s outdoor clothing layer by layer in the closing scene.

An uneven but exuberant outing, with occasional embossed flights of snowflakes adding further shine. (Pop-up picture book. 5-7)