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Ruby Sings the Blues Hardcover – May 12, 2005

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (June 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582349959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582349954
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ruby is an apealing girl with a very loud voice. It's so loud, in fact, that her neighbors call her names like "Loud-mouth" and "Boom-box." When she talks, people cover their ears, animals run away, and a palm tree bends under the force of her decibels. It all sounds like trouble for Ruby. However, when a jazz saxophonist and a vocalist hear her, they have just one name for her: "Awesome!"

It's a promising beginning, even though it may seem obvious that Ruby's voice will eventually swing with the musicians. Niki Daly's computer-enhanced pencil and ballpoint pen illustrations are whimsically stylish: People wear 1950's sci-fi style clothes that remind one of rayon bowling shirts and Ruby's parents collect that era's futurist objects d'art. (These latter include an elephant shaped planter, huge scrawled paintings, and Calder-like mobiles.) Other illustrations color ordinary objects with unusual computer-generated hues, shown against a minimalist ackground. Visually, it's a treat.

Unfortunately, Daly the author never adequately explains why Ruby is so loud. Her parents successfully ask her to quiet down, although her father wonders how long Ruby can stay at that level. Sure enough, she disturbs everyone in class the next day, and the teacher tells her to pretend that her clothes buttons are volume knobs. This works until she goes outside, turns up the volume, and alienates all her friends. We know that Ruby can be quieter, and we know she's unhappy that people shun her-so why is Ruby so loud? Perhaps it's just simpler and safer to ignore the issue, but it's also gives the book a somewhat contrived feeling

Fortunately, prize-winning illustrator Daly rescues her story with a happy ending and more superb pictures.
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A friend recommended this book -- she said she had it and it was cute but she didn't "get" it until hanging with my LOUD daughter and I and so we borrowed it. Loved it so much we bought our own AND one for her cousins for Christmas that year.

Great story not only about a rather bombastic little girl, but also about our quirks and faults being our gifts as well. It is not preachy or boring! But reading it with my girl at the end of the day reminds me to see her, my son, and ALL the people I run into with eyes that see the positive and potential in personality.

The illustrations are super fun also -- the simple drawings have a lot of motion is the only way I can describe it. My daughter likes to act out the poses of the people just like she does with the "Eloise" books, so if you are familiar with those illustrations you will understand what I mean.
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By HRae on October 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My little girl, Ruby, loves this book. She is two. There is a section in the middle which features the teacher that is a bit much and too lengthy. However the book overall is very cute. I love how the little girl learns to use her big voice in a way that everyone can enjoy - singing. We also love when all the kids chant "go, Ruby, go"!
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Format: Paperback
I first heard this wonderful book in church: the minister read it to the children. Both the children and adults loved it; it's the type of book you'll enjoy reading to your child over again. This is a fun book that lightly carries a message. Rudy is a captivating, yet different, main character.
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