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by Lenore Look

illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf


School Library Journal:

/* Starred Review */ Gr 1-3–  Ruby Lu makes her debut in this funny and charming chapter book. Full of joie de vivre, the eight-year-old loves her family, particularly her baby brother, Oscar; wearing reflective tape; and performing in her own backyard magic show. Plot development is episodic but steady as Ruby musters up her courage to attend Chinese school; she confronts mean Christina from California; and she decides to drive herself to school. (Her parents are frantic when their children and car are missing, but Ruby thinks that her biggest mistake was parking in the principal’s spot.) Looming large is the fact that her cousin, Flying Duck, is emigrating from China and Ruby will have to share her bedroom. All is well, however, when Flying Duck gets off the airplane wearing reflective tape. Clever book design includes a playful copyright page and a small flip book of one of Ruby’s magic tricks on the lower right-hand corner of each page. “Ruby’s Fantastic Glossary and Pronunciation Guide” explains unfamiliar terms related to Chinese culture. Generous font, ample white space, and animated and active illustrations rendered in India ink make this a perfect choice for readers who are looking for alternatives to Barbara Park’s “Junie B. Jones” books (Random).–Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI –Debbie Stewart (Reviewed February 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 2, p116)


  • ALA Notable Children’s Books – Younger Readers Category: 2005


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Ages 0-8, Family