Saturday, April 24, 2010
Book Review: Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look
Ruby Lu, Brave and True
Written by: Lenore Look
Illustrated by: Anne Wilsdorf
Simon & Schuster
For ages 6-10 / Grades 1-5
Ruby Lu, Brave and True is an astonishingly good early chapter book. The writing is clever and imaginative. Each chapter is a realistic and funny story about being a little girl.
Ruby Lu is in the second grade and she is a character readers will love. She can do magic tricks. She thinks everyone should wear reflective tape. She can't wait to get her driver's license and start using credit cards. And she loves her baby brother Oscar - most of the time. Readers go through Ruby's adventures with her: from going to Chinese school every Saturday and dealing with a mean girl, to learning how to drive (!!!) and welcoming relatives emigrating from China. Through it all readers will see that Ruby is smart, sweet, and fun. Readers will also see Ruby's weaknesses and her not so smart-sweet-and-fun moments. But they will still sympathize with Ruby and have a good time and laugh with her.
Ruby Lu, Brave and True is a precious, precious book!