GOOD NIGHT, BABY RUBY by Rohan Henry

GOOD NIGHT, BABY RUBY

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Young Ruby prefers adventure to nightly slumber. Though her mother tries to calm her baby before bed, the active toddler’s more interested in other activities: combing her hair, reading the newspaper and playing dress-up. Her parents’ attempts to calm their child are fruitless, as diaper-clad Ruby just crawls off the page. Wry language and amusing details abound. When Ruby upends a flowerpot, the family cat—the child’s constant companion—is rightly appalled and leaves the surprised child alone: “Now Ruby sits beside a mess.” When the feline tires of Ruby’s antics and sleeps, it is Ruby’s cue to grow weary and finally rest. Inspired in part by John Coltrane’s rhythmic melodies, thin lines and sprawling text convey the ferociously curly-locked Ruby’s childish delight. Henry’s sparing use of color energizes this bedtime narrative. With masterful minimalism, judicious blue, yellow, red and pink accents accentuate the otherwise colorless drawings. Expressions are spot-on, from the indignant cat to the energetic child, resulting in humorous yet tender moments in this intriguing children’s-book debut. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8109-8323-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2009




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