Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes by Lauren Child

Clarice Bean's favourite series is finally a book that the rest of us can read. Meet Ruby Redfort: precocious child, code-breaker, and now a secret agent. The super-secret spy agency SPECTRUM has recruited her to help crack a case...but has Ruby bit off more than she can chew?

I love the story of how this book came to be. According to Lauren Child, so many people (kids) wrote to her asking if Ruby Redfort was a real book and if not, could she write it? So she did. Ruby is a fun character and the book has an energy that's like The Myserious Benedict Society mixed with Turtle from The Westing Game (and multiplied by Clarice Bean). I don't think that I fully understood everything that happened in the book (there were a few too many characters and a few too many twists), but it was a fun ride and I never doubted that (does this even need a spoiler alert?) Ruby would triumph at the end. It's easy to see why she's so popular with Clarice Bean, and I have no doubt that this will be a popular book with real-life children, too.

See more at Lauren Child's website.

I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Candlewick.

Find it at IndieBound. 

Read it with:
Clarice Bean, That's Me by Lauren Child
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

No comments:

Post a Comment