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This Is Ruby (Hardcover)

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By Sara O'Leary, Alea Marley (Illustrator)
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I love books that encourage creativity and curiosity, and this is one that does it so well. Join Ruby as she invents, explores and discovers her way through her day. Today she might be a doctor or an archaeologist. And tomorrow she might create a potion or build a time machine. You just never know what world her imagination will take her to!

— Susan


Ruby is curious about her world and has big ideas about how it works. A delightful picture book celebration of science and creativity, and a welcome companion to Sara O'Leary's beloved This Is Sadie.

Ruby is a little girl with a sense of curiosity and enthusiasm that's too big to contain! Ruby is always busy -- she loves to make things, watch things grow and figure out how things work, with her dog Teddy by her side. And Ruby has lots of ideas about what she wants to be: maybe an animal conservationist? Or an archaeologist? She's great at excavating (i.e. digging holes). Or maybe an inventor? She's already invented a book with smells instead of words (so dogs can read it) and a time machine (the dinosaurs did have feathers after all, and the future is looking wild). This is Ruby, and this is her world.

About the Author

SARA O'LEARY is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. She is the author of the beloved This Is Sadie, illustrated by Julie Morstad, and the award-winning series of Henry books: When You Were Small, Where You Came From and When I Was Small, also illustrated by Julie Morstad. A graduate of the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program, she has taught Screenwriting and Writing for Children at Concordia University in Montreal.

ALEA MARLEY is a children's book illustrator living and working in England with roots in Barbados. She loves creating whimsical scenes that are filled with patterns, texture and bursts of color! Her favorite media to work with are chunky pencils, watercolor crayons and digital brushes. In 2017, she received a commendation from the Macmillan Children's Book Prize, and her work has been exhibited at the D&AD New Blood Festival in Shoreditch, London, the Degree Show in Bournemouth and the Macmillan Prize exhibition.

Praise For…

One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021 — Starred Pick

“Step right into Ruby’s fabulous world, full of the ordinary and extraordinary.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Children will recognize Ruby’s joyful independent exploration of the many delights and opportunities available to a curious mind. Highly recommended.” —CM Magazine

"Visually, Ruby is totally delightful . . . The pages of this book are so inviting, and children will respond to Ruby’s acknowledgement that 'she will always find something new to make, and that she can be whatever she wants to be'." —Imaginary Elevators

“Energy and joy fill these pages in both words and images.” —Library Matters

Product Details
ISBN: 9780735263611
ISBN-10: 0735263612
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: May 25th, 2021
Pages: 32
Language: English