Here is my review of Ruby's School Walk, which is a great back-to-school title.
Ages 4 to 7
Barefoot Books, 2010, 978-1-84686-275-5
Ruby is going to school today, and as she walks there with her mother, she faces all kinds of challenges. There are the crocodiles in the “rushing river” for example. Ruby’s mother says that it is “just a stream, with silver fish and frogs and logs.” Ruby knows better though, and she scares off the dangerous reptiles by dancing on the bank.
Next Ruby and her mother walk past what her mother says is “just an empty place for sale.” Ruby knows that the house is haunted, and she sings and does her “magic hop-a-long” to frighten off the bats and witches that live in the house.
Though Ruby manages to make it to school, she then finds that she is “not so sure” about being at school. What is school going to be like? Will she be able to face her fears here as she did on the way to school?
This enjoyable book will both entertain children and calm their fears if they are not sure about going to school for the first time. With an engaging rhyming text and bright cheerful illustrations, this picture book is a delight to read and to look at.