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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.