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Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day

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Meet Ruff the Dog, star of the picture book Ruff! And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day. He’s an adorable new animal character created by bestselling illustrator Caroline Jayne Church.

What Ruff wants most is to make some friends. He accidentally digs up the house of a little grey mouse named Hubble. By the time Ruff helps Hubble make a new home, he has a friend. Then he and Hubble decide to help Lottie, a duck who has also lost her home. And ...

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Overview

Meet Ruff the Dog, star of the picture book Ruff! And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day. He’s an adorable new animal character created by bestselling illustrator Caroline Jayne Church.

What Ruff wants most is to make some friends. He accidentally digs up the house of a little grey mouse named Hubble. By the time Ruff helps Hubble make a new home, he has a friend. Then he and Hubble decide to help Lottie, a duck who has also lost her home. And soon Ruff has a second friend!

Caroline Jayne Chruch’s full-color illustrations bring all the animals in her charming story to life.
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ruff’s perky snout and delighted expression don’t look very different from those of other adorable puppies, but he doesn’t live to romp around. He works nonstop, cheerfully and independently. He weeds his garden, washes his windows, and digs a garden pond, inadvertently ruining the underground house of a mouse named Hubble. After calming Hubble—“I’ll make you another house! Please stay!”—he builds him a replacement mouse-size shed (Hubble knits and practices his trumpet while he waits). But wait—that’s not all! Ruff and Hubble meet a lost duck named Lottie and talk her into living with them, too, offering her a new home in Ruff’s garden pond. “A small pond needs a small duck,” Ruff points out. Ruff’s perpetual motion will feel familiar to children, whose days last forever and whose play feels like important work. Ruff’s softhearted antics amuse, too, as when he tries to comfort the distraught Lottie: “He tried giving her a necklace and a flower and a half-eaten sausage.” Church’s (Baby’s First Year) gently textured collages cement the homey mood of this simple story about finding friends. Ages 4–8. (June)
Children's Literature - Jill Walton
What a good dog Ruff is! He stays busy and takes care of himself happily. But, like many of us, he would like to share his world. When Ruff begins to dig a pool for his backyard, he destroys the home of a mouse named Hubble. The mouse prepares to leave, knapsack on back, while Ruff somersaults and runs in circles, pleading for Hubble to stay. Finally, all is settled. Ruff builds a house for Hubble, who passes the construction time by exercising, knitting, and playing the trumpet. That mouse is amazing. As the two new friends fill the pond with water, a tiny duck named Lottie falls from the sky into it. She tells Ruff and Hubble her story of rejection and she cries "quacky tears" which, of course, cause Ruff and Hubble to entertain her to try to make her feel better. But, really, all she needs is a home and what else is a small pond to a small duck? The illustrations are captivating, the language is full of energy, and the camaraderie of the animals and their quirkiness all combine to make this a charming book for preschoolers. Reviewer: Jill Walton
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Ruff, a white dog with brown spots, likes to be busy. "Busy, busy, all day long, toodle-oodle, that's my song!" he sings and wishes for someone to sing with him. While digging a small pond in his backyard, he unwittingly ruins a mouse's house. He promises to build Hubble a new one, which he does as the little mouse passes the time exercising, knitting, and playing his trumpet. As the two friends clean up the pond and sing together, an angry little duck lands in the water. Sobbing, Lottie tells how her small wings could not keep up with the other ducks as they were flying to their new home. Ruff tries to cheer her up with a sun hat, water balloon, and a half-eaten sausage, but nothing works. Then the dog and mouse realize that she needs a home, and their new pond needs a duck. During one wonderfully amazing day, Ruff has made two friends. The palette of soft primary colors outlined in black is just right for this cheery tale. The gentle text is satisfying to read aloud, and the simple songs are fun to sing. This is a sure winner for storyhour.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Industrious dog meets charming mouse! Angry duckling falls from sky! Friendship ensues! And isn't it great that they'll all be together again tomorrow and probably for more overly exclamatory sequels? Ruff is a small, cheerful canine who lives alone in a cozy, caravan-style house in a big yard. While digging a new pond, he inadvertently destroys the home of Hubble the mouse. Ruff kindly builds Hubble a tiny shed next to his own home and offers his new pond as a home for Lottie, a duckling who couldn't keep up with the older ducks as they migrated. Large-format illustrations are peppy and pleasing to the eye, with amusing animal characters and a collage style that incorporates patterned papers and cut-out leaves and flowers. The story unfolds in a breathless, wordy style, with too many jolly phrases and exclamation marks, and the camaraderie between the new friends feels forced rather than natural. The characters are sweet, the plot adequate if unexceptional, and the illustrations appealing. It's the chatty, patronizing tone of the text that is the stumbling block that will make Ruff! a rough sell for repeated readings. Poor Ruff. Busy? Yes. Wonderfully amazing? No. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062014986
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,268,751
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Jayne Church's picture books have been published in eight languages. Her illustrations can be found in advertising, paper products, packaging, character creation, and card design. She lives in Farnham, Surrey, England.

Caroline Jayne Church's picture books have been published in eight languages. Her illustrations can be found in advertising, paper products, packaging, character creation, and card design. She lives in Farnham, Surrey, England.

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