Toodle-oo is a touching story about two little girls – Ruby Blue and Lilly Wu – saying goodbye to each other.
Part poem, part song – the words rhyme as Ruby Blue and Lilly Wu remember playing together:
Toodle-oo Ruby Blue!
I had fun playing with you.
I was really worried when I saw your tiger –
But it was very funny when you tried to hide her!
In the vibrant illustrations the tiger is a small soft toy that grows to be a larger than life real tiger, which almost leaps from the page in Rachel Backshall's brilliant illustrations.
Destined to be a beloved classic, Toodle-oo is highly predictable and easy to read. Both children and adults already love it.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Taylor's books about children and reading include: Family Literacy (1983), Family Storybook Reading (1986), Growing Up Literate (1988); From the Child's Point of View (1993), Toxic Literacies (1996), Beginning to Read and the Spin Doctors of Science (1998), Save Our Children, Save Our School, Pearson Broke the Golden Rule (2014), Teaching Without Testing: Assessing the Complexity of Children's Literacy Learning (2017), the YA novel Rosie's Umbrella (2015), and the illustrated children's beginning reading book Rat-a-tat-tat! I've Lost my Cat! (2015).
She is the recipient of the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Award and has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She was inducted into the IRA's Reading Hall of Fame in 2004.
Rachel Backshall, BA Oxon, is a UK artist and illustrator recently graduated from Oxford University. She has exhibited her highly acclaimed silk paintings in London, Oxford and Liverpool - many of which are inspired by her research into specific archaeological sites during her degree.
Her illustrations are inspired by the natural world and focus in particular on the wild and wonderful animals that appear both in reality, and in children's imaginations. She is particularly interested in the concept of imaginative play, looking at the way children visualise and develop games and stories. Acknowledging that human imagination plays such a vital part to all stages of our lives, Rachel hopes to capture some of these moments within her illustrations, and in particular to relate to the magical way that children bring their toys and games to life.
Rachel has recently illustrated the prize winning Pearl of the Seas and Kris and Kate Build a Boat - The Magical Adventure for Garn Press author Ruth Finnegan, and has since been extremely honoured to work with Denny Taylor on Toodle-oo Ruby Blue as part of the Ruby Blue Series. She is currently working with both authors on future projects.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Toodle-oo Ruby Blue! by Denny Taylor is an adorable story that begins with Lily Wu saying goodbye to Ruby Blue and she thanks Ruby Blue for giving her a wonderful time. Lily Wu likes her dog, cat, and her parents. Lily Wu is not sure if she likes Ruby Blue’s rat and she thinks the orangutan is mad. The cookies and cake served are great and Lily Wu enjoyed them. Ruby Blue also had a great time playing with Lily Wu and she asks Lily Wu to come back soon as they both had a wonderful time together. Goodbyes can be painful and I like the way the author approaches the topic. The home ambiance, stuffed toys, and the fun the two girls have together are very easily relatable and real. All children will connect well with the moments shared between Lily Wu and Ruby Blue and the illustrations by Rachel Backshall are charming as they make the friendship and bonding between the two girls palpable for readers. The verses give a good pace and flow to the story and they also introduce and encourage children to write verses. The book is educational and will help to improve vocabulary. It is a good story when it comes to introducing children to having fun with their playmates and how to handle goodbyes when it is time for them to leave the homes of their friends. It is a fun read and a good book for classroom read aloud and storytelling sessions.