Razzle-Dazzle Ruby

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Overview


A regular day becomes a magical adventure in this stunning novelty picture book from an amazing new talent!

In Ruby's world, every day is a dazzling adventure! Come skate on a shimmering pond, roll a giant snowball, sled down a snowy hill, and create soaring snow angels with her as she becomes a snow queen and transforms a typical winter day into a gleaming-beaming fairy tale.

Combining glorious watercolors, elegant paper engineering, and ...

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Overview


A regular day becomes a magical adventure in this stunning novelty picture book from an amazing new talent!

In Ruby's world, every day is a dazzling adventure! Come skate on a shimmering pond, roll a giant snowball, sled down a snowy hill, and create soaring snow angels with her as she becomes a snow queen and transforms a typical winter day into a gleaming-beaming fairy tale.

Combining glorious watercolors, elegant paper engineering, and whimsical storytelling, this joyful novelty picture book is sure to enchant children and adults. Ten beautiful interactive spreads sparkle, spin, pop, and whirly-twirl, inviting readers to join in Ruby's razzle-dazzle fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this lively paper-over-board book with several moveable components, Ruby is in the mood to explore the snowy world outside, inventing a fairy tale story as she goes. "I will be the gleaming-beaming snow queen," she tells her dog, Rocket. "And you can be my knight in barking armor." By turning a wheel, snowflakes shimmer in a tree, and Rocket dives through the snow. Via pull-tabs, Ruby skates along the ice and makes snow angels with a friend. Graphic designer D'yans's visual flourishes and bright palette make her children's book debut sparkle. All ages. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

“I love Masha's super-duper Razzle-Dazzle Ruby. The pictures and words in this first-time picture book glide and sing and zippity-zing on every page!” –Eric Carle

“A delightful book of illustrations that not only move us, but move themselves. How totally charming.” - Milton Glaser

"A delightful book of illustrations that not only move us, but move themselves. How totally charming." - Milton Glaser

Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
Razzle-Dazzle Ruby is a curly-haired young lady with a big imagination and a desire for adventure. Fortunately she and her faithful companion Rocket, the dog, live inside a pop-up book so her readers can help propel her along. She awakens to a snowy day and the desire to be snow queen so she and Rocket go out to play. They meet her friend Sir Zac and the two of them build a large snowman, slide on an icy pond, take a sled ride down a steep hill and make snow angels on the snowy ground. When it is time to go home she says goodbye to her friend Zac and she and Rocket go inside and begin to plan what they will do for fun tomorrow. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Ruby is in a razzle-dazzle mood when she wakes up to a world crystallized with snow, so she and her dog sprint outside to explore. She makes up a fairy tale about a knight, a prince, and a nobleman to go with the snowy wonderland. The child's storytelling contains rhyming words in almost every sentence, which could show her imagination or quirkiness. However, the text is spare and there is basically no plot. The paper engineering is creative and well done, with some unique effects. On one page, the dog dives through the snow in three different windows on the same page. He appears to be moving toward readers as they turn the wheel that operates movement, making him look three different sizes. There are other great pages, including a bright red spiraling scarf and a whirly-twirly snowman that spins in a die-cut hole on the page. D'yans makes great use of color to offset all of the snowy whites and blues. Ruby herself has almost a '60s feel to her with exaggerated eyelashes and twiggy legs encased in striped tights. A cool-looking book without much story to stand on.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
Waking up in a "razzle-dazzle mood," young Ruby dances outside for wintry adventures as a "gleaming-beaming snow queen" in this high-energy debut. Moving elements driven by spinners, sliders and pull tabs augment snowy settings laid out in collage and vivid watercolor on visibly rough-textured paper. D'Yans takes her big-eyed, pink-cheeked lass on a set of mini-adventures involving a menacing (but not really) snowman, a friendly neighboring "foot soldier" named Zac and a canine "knight in barking armor" before returning her to a homey "castle" to plan future outings. Though one of the pullout tabs is the long, slender sort that bends almost immediately and other effects are underwhelming, a tree laden with sparkling foil stars puts on a fetching show, and one particularly effective spread features Ruby and Zac waving arms and legs to make snow angels. Younger children will also get a charge out of removing Ruby's outdoor clothing layer by layer in the closing scene. An uneven but exuberant outing, with occasional embossed flights of snowflakes adding further shine. (Pop-up picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545225007
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 807,499
  • Age range: 4 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Masha D’yans is an award-winning artist. Her line of greeting cards, clothing, and home décor, featuring her alluring artwork, are sold at Target, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, as well as other major retailers and smaller specialty shops. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, and classically trained at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art Lyceum and subsequently at Cooper Union in New York City, she now lives and works in Manhattan. You can visit her online at www.masha.com. Razzle-Dazzle Ruby is her first book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Love it!

    This is a great story with interactive pages and beautiful illustrations.I think it is a wonderful book.

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