This is an endearing 31-page children’s book, brimming with charming illustrations depicting the story of Ruby the Penguin. She really wants to sing in the talent show, but she is feeling anxious about performing in front of the other penguins. Her friend, Pengwee Penguin chats with her, discusses his own experiences, and talks her through her concerns. The author has even created some exciting new words to fit the story like “nexcited, jumbly wumbly, and joggly woggly” , which children will love saying out loud. These fun words add to the enjoyment of the story. They perfectly describe Ruby’s feelings and dancing moves. The themes running through the book are being honest about your feelings and fears, teaching yourself ways to cope better when feeling scared, and allowing others to help and support you. Children will definitely enjoy listening to this positive, sweet story as well as the eye-catching pictures and delightful facial expressions of the main characters. Recommended for children from about three to five or six years old.
Susan Gibbs, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador