PreS-Gr. 2. Ruby's voice is so loud that her neighbors call her "Boom-box," and "Loud-mouth," and the kids at school won't play with her. Feeling silenced and criticized, Ruby falls into a funk until her cool, jazz musician neighbors teach her to harness her amazing vocal chords. Soon Ruby is singing the blues and taking her school auditorium by storm. Daly tells a simple story of a child learning to focus and develop her talents. The nicely paced, rhythmic text will read well to a crowd, and the lyrical descriptions of what Ruby learns to do ("sing sharp, zooming notes like the sounds of the city . . and gentle breathy notes like a cool evening breeze") will introduce children to the musicianship and emotion singers bring to their work. Daly's mixed-media illustrations showcase a cast of urban hipsters wearing patterned outfits that extend the rhythms in the story, and present raucous scenes of folks in Ruby's multicultural neighborhood grooving to tunes that celebrate music's power to bring people together. Gillian Engberg
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This is a wonderfully illustrated story, with lots going on on each page for the reader to explore... This is an endearing story about how we can turn aspects of our character that people may find irritating to good use, with some help and hard work. www.writeaway.org.uk
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