COMING SOON: Toodle-oo Ruby Blue! – Available for Purchase June 21, 2017

Toodle-oo Ruby Blue! Available June 21, 2017. Available for purchase from the following booksellers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Waterstones (UK/Europe), BAM!, and Indigo

Book: Toodle-oo Ruby Blue!
Garn Press (36 pp.)
COMING SOON – June 21, 2017
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-61-2
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-62-9

About the Book

Toodle-oo Ruby Blue! 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.

Nominated “Most Distinguished American Picture Book for Children” – 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal 

Nominated “Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children” – 2018 John Newbery Medal

Sneak Peek of Illustrations from the New Book Toodle-oo Ruby Blue!

About the Author Denny Taylor

Denny Taylor believes learning to read can be joyful and fun, even for children who are struggling readers. In five decades of teaching she has never administered a test. She began teaching 5, 6, and 7 year olds in the East End of London in 1968. She has taught many children to read, and many beginning teachers how to teach reading.

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.

About the Illustrator Rachel Backshall

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 BoatThe 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.

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