Ruby’s father, Mr. Small, is a topiary gardener and Mrs. Small, a tiara designer. They mostly have eyes for each other, leaving Ruby to care for her identical dolls, the three Jennifers. On a trip to Norway, Ruby acquires a pet. Though she wanted a dog, she attracts a small piece of glacier, Cecil. Ruby doesn’t consider Cecil much of a pet and tries to rid herself of him, especially on the playground. Occasionally he melts (or is he weeping?). Then one of the Jennifers is lost, and to Ruby’s amazement, it’s Cecil who finds her. Some may frown at the fact that Cecil only gets a Ruby-made tiara after he proves useful to her, but the story is so delightfully odd, why try and draw morals from it? Potter’s stylized art, with its deadpan characterizations, proves the perfect pairing for a text that provides her the opportunity to draw a father who cuts a crocodile into his beard. Quirky in the best sense, this shows that not all families are alike and, if properly cared for, miniglaciers make good pets. Grades K-2. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 6, 2012:
“It’s an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within—
and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that.”
Odd story. Good message. Fun to do the different voices of the characters. Good book to start a conversation with kids about geology and geography and sacrifice and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by April R. Rogers
My 7 year old daughter says "That was a great book and the illustrations were very very very very good."Published 15 months ago by .JT.
This is just the kind of weird book that is so fun to read to my kids. Absolutely charming drawings accompany the unexpected characters and events. Read morePublished 15 months ago by L. Davis