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Friday 10 November 2023

Review: A Friend For Ruby

A Friend For Ruby is a magical story about friendship, family and kindness. The sort of kindness that requires looking outside of yourself, and where small actions can make a big difference in every way.

Ruby finds a lonely, hungry, magical creature on the beach. Glad to have a friend when the girls at school are so unfriendly, Ruby takes this creature home. 

She keeps it hidden from Granma on a bed of straw, inside her cubby.

Of course, a magical hungry beach creature needs more than a cubby house for survival! 

Soon both Granma AND new friend Sonya from the bakery, become involved in the creature’s feeding and care.

With an ethereal quality throughout, this book takes readers on a fantastical visual journey. The magic of this mesmerising creature is a wonderful distraction from the harder parts of Ruby’s life. And through this distraction, good things seem to fall into place for Ruby.

The illustrations are simply glorious, created with digital airbrushing and 2B pencil among other things, to produce colour-and-light filled double spreads that ignite the imagination and inspire wonder in every sense of the word! 

This book is sumptuous. Delicate. Funny. Strong. Surprising. Gentle. Uplifting. Perfect as an entrée for wider exploration of friendship and belonging.

Highly recommended.

A Friend For Ruby
Author: Sofie Laguna
Illustrator: Marc McBride
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $24.99
Publication Date: 29 August 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781761067648
For ages: 4 - 8
Type: Picture Book