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Ruby Gloom's Keys to Happiness Hardcover – October 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810950367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810950368
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,463,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clam Lynch, is a professional and lifelong artist with a wide range of skills and experience including performance artist, comedian, the development of children's programing, authoring of children's books, production designer for film and t.v. as well as theater and large art installations which he has designed and constructed. He also teaches art to children in his free time. After working on the creation of a television show based on a character developed from several successful theater runs, he is now focusing on his artwork, paintings and the creation of the companies, Clamatees as well as,63 Bluxome Street Art Gallery, with his two brothers, Mike and Tom Lynch

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keelee von Cupcake on February 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ruby Gloom's Keys to Happiness is a gem of a book. Measuring about 7x6 inches and containing 48 pages, it's part cute gothic art book part children's book. Having been unable to find much information about it online prior to purchasing my copy (on eBay), I was pleasantly surprised to discover what a quality item it is. It features black flocking (think soft fuzz) on the front and back cover, and the pages inside are all made of thick, glossy, fully inked paper. The binding is stitched, rather than glued, for extra durability.

Rather than telling a story, the book consists of a series of vignettes. Each full-page image of official Ruby Gloom art work is paired with a quote/quasi piece of advice on the opposite page. For example, the words "Two heads are better than one...especially when they're both on the same body." is paired with a picture of Ruby sewing additional heads onto the bodies of her stuffed animals. The art is gorgeous, but while the writing is acceptably silly and inoffensive, it's nothing spectacular.

Fans of the Ruby Gloom cartoon will find some aspects slightly out of character (for instance, book Ruby claims to avoid Misery as much as possible), and while most of the familiar faces are here in some form, Frank, Len, and Iris don't appear at all.

All in all, I love this book, and I think any Ruby fan would be delighted to add it to their collection (for a reasonable price!), and children (especially those with spooky leanings) should enjoy the adorable full-color artwork and the quirky platitudes.
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