Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book?Everyone needs a “Ruby” in their lives, especially young Elliot – a serious-minded, literal sort of boy. Elliot has no time for imagination and frankly doesn’t see the point. That is, until Ruby moves in next door. She has a persistent and beguiling way of imagining the most magical origins of everyday objects, much to Elliot’s chagrin. After many magical “adventures” on the way to-and-from school, Elliot finally discovers the power and delight of imagination as he creates a spirited story of a dinosaur for Ruby and the reader’s enjoyment. The illustrations are bold, whimsical, and they pull the reader into this fun and encouraging story. Young readers will find themselves re-imagining the origin of objects all around for some time to come. Perhaps what’s most remarkable about this story is that it came from the imagination of a young boy who entered a book writing contest in the UK. Tom Burlison was only seven when he submitted this award-winning tale!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This book would be great as a part of a creation stories unit, or a fun stand-alone lesson that encourages children to imagine how certain items came to be in their school or on their playground.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA
Date of review: 2/18/2020