Mon 4 Nov 2013
Ruby Lu is a virtual fountain of charm and joie de vivre. This chapter book is perfect for the reluctant reader who seeks a touch of childlike fantasy skillfully woven into a mostly realistic plot.
Lenore Look, author of the Alvin Ho series, is a master at creating lovable characters who are also believable. She provides the perfect balance of highlighting Asian-American culture while maintaining relatability to children from any background. In addition to a main character of Asian descent, Look also features a supporting character, Flying Duck, who is hearing impaired.
Ruby’s spunk and determination are inspirational. The issues through which she and her family walk, including job loss, poverty, occupational stress, and even a touch of depression are portrayed realistically; however, the author takes great care not to overwhelm her young readers with too much detail. In addition, Look has her main character solve her own problems (or work with others to do so), rather than have adults step in to solve them on her behalf.
From lost and found dogs to well-intended counterfeiting and exceptionally bad haircuts, Ruby Lu:Star of the Show is sure to delight elementary school aged readers with its endearing characters, compelling plot line, quaint cartoon-like illustrations and clever use of humor.