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Feb 28 2008

Ruby roars by Margaret Wild and Kerry Argent

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Allen & Unwin, 2007. ISBN 9781741146134
(2+) This delightful story by award winning author and artist is perfect for reading aloud. Ruby is a little Tasmanian devil who loves making scary noises. She shouts 'Screekle!', 'scrunch!' and 'scrrr!' at the animals near her but fails to scare them. What is she to do? Then she gets an idea and is 'ready to rip and roar' with a plan to scare her parents…

The alliteration of the text and the great animal noises will ensure that young children will want to read along, roaring out the sounds with Ruby. Adults will enjoy reading it out loud. Fascinating illustrations by Kerry Argent ensure that the reader comes back to look at Ruby's facial expressions and to follow her adventures with the animals around her.

Having the threatened Tasmanian devil as the main character is a bonus as teachers will be able to use this wonderful picture book in units about Australian animals and endangered species. Part of the royalties for the book go to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal at

This book is a keeper.
Pat Pledger

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