Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes

illus. by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. 32p. HarperCollins. Jun. 2016. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780062235695.
PreS-Gr 2—Ruby Rose just can't help herself—she loves to dance! Her feet are tapping or stamping all day, every day. But what happens when Ruby Rose begins school—will she still have time to dance? Practically leaping out of bed, she does ballet during breakfast, belly dances while brushing her teeth and, after arriving at school, glides toward her desk after meeting her teacher, Ms. D. At first Ms. D is patient with her dance-obsessed new student, but as Ruby Rose arabesques to art, flinging paint everywhere, Ms. D begins a new refrain that Ruby Rose hears throughout the rest of her first day: "No dancing!" With a raised eyebrow from Ms. D here and there, Ruby Rose tries to stop her toes, but it is impossible. Ohi creates her fluid, motion-filled artwork using Photoshop. Ruby Rose sashays throughout her day in pink striped tights, a swirly skirt, and loose brown hair that moves whenever she busts a move.
VERDICT There are plenty of Ruby Roses out in library land who will enjoy this sweet story.

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