Rubyby Michael Emberley
While taking cheese pies to her Granny, Ruby, a small but tough-minded little mouse, forgets her mother's advice not to talk to cats.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThis delectable, citified twist on Little Red Riding Hood stars a ``grimy-looking reptile'' and an outspoken mouse who suggests to her accoster, ``Buzz off, barf breath.'' Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jan LiebermanMichael Emberley tells his own "Red Riding Hood" version. Ruby is a street-smart mouse who matches wits with a dapper cat intent on finding out where her Granny lives. A taxi speeds him on his way but Ruby uses a nearby telephone to alert the neighbors. Emberley gives a big city twist to this woodsy tale and sparks it with wise-cracking dialogue from a smart little cookie. James Thurber was so right, "They don't make little girls the way they used to."
School Library JournalIf readers notice that Ruby (a mouse) is reading Little Red Riding Hood while sniffing her mother's freshly baked triple cheese pies, they will easily imagine the next sequence of events. Ruby is given some pies to deliver to her sick grandmother and to a neighbor, Mrs. Mastiff. She is warned not to talk to strangers and especially never to trust a cat. Of course, Ruby forgets this sound advice and gets smart-alecky with a slimy reptile who steals her goodie bag. She is rescued by a well-dressed, smooth-talking cat whose drool drips down his whiskers at the sight of Ruby. When Ruby tells the cat exactly where her grandma lives, readers will be aghast, yet Ruby has a plan. All ends well-- except for the cat. There has been an recent inundation of takeoffs on familiar traditional tales, but this Red Riding Hood variation has enough plot twists and innovation to keep readers involved and interested. The illustrations show congested city roads and bustling sidewalks teeming with animals from all walks of life. Ruby is an independent, outspoken, street-smart mouse whose language is surprising, but never in bad taste; she is simply confronting the hazards of city living. Readers will know that she'll survive it all and have her fun. --Martha Topol, Interlochen Public Library, MI
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