Welcome to another baby book club! This month, baby librarians Tilly and Marian discuss the heartwarming picture book Ruby’s Sword by Jacqueline Veissid, illustrated by Paola Zakimi.
Tilly: Hi Marian! Mummy and I read Ruby’s Sword this morning. It was one of my post-breakfast reads (that’s when I do most of my reading, these days. The rest of the day just gets so hectic, you know?). It was a pretty good book! An enjoyable book to listen to, overall. What were your initial thoughts?
Marian: It was a post-breakfast read for me too! I try to read at least a few books an hour, unless I’m napping or outside. First, did you notice that the spots on the end pages are the same as the spots on Ruby’s shirt!? I like pointing at the spots. Also, I love sticks. I don’t know exactly what a sword is, but it must be pretty cool to do all the things Ruby does with it.
Tilly: This book is about Ruby, but there are other characters in it too: her older brothers. They weren’t very nice to her in the beginning. Mummy is always telling me to be nice. I’m not sure I like them. I don’t have any brothers or sisters. Do you? What did you think of Ruby’s brothers? Would you want to play with them?
Marian: I don’t have any brothers or sisters either. I’m like you, I wouldn’t want to play with them. I don’t like playing with other kids for the most part, though it’s okay to play beside them, as long as they don’t get too close. There’s a little boy at storytime that I play with, and he’s okay. He’s never mean. He likes to run and say my name and since I like to run too, we have fun. Sometimes we run in opposite directions. I’m sad Ruby’s brothers aren’t as nice as he is.
Tilly: I liked the sentences in this book. They were short and fun to listen to. Like this bit: ‘Swords! Leaping and lunging. Swirling and swishing, Ruby felt invincible.’ I don’t know what invincible means but I liked how this sentence sounded when Mummy read it aloud. Do you have a favourite sentence or page?
Marian: I like the page where Ruby fights the wind, clouds, and rain, with the help of a rabbit and squirrel. ‘Wild winds whipped. Swish Swish Rumbling clouds grumbled. Swish Swish Raindrops drummed. Swish Swish.” Mommy says the sentences are like a poem. I think poems are when words sound really good together, and the words in this book do sound really good together.
Tilly: The really best bit of this book is the sword. Well, the sticks, really. I love sticks. Those are my favourite toys. I like poking in the dirt with them. And collecting them. My other favourite toys are rocks and they are also in this book! What a great book. What are your favourite toys? Do you like sticks too? Or rocks?
Marian: We have so much in common!! I love sticks and rocks! And books! The best days are days where I read a bunch of books, wave a stick around like what Mommy calls a magic wand, and pile rocks up in different places. Add cheese, an Elmo, and my fawn stuffed animal, and it’s a perfect day. Thankfully, these days happen a lot. I feel like Ruby’s perfect day is probably pretty similar to ours. Except minus the Elmo and fawn.
Tilly: Mummy says this book is all about how great imagination and free play and siblings are. I like free play and imagination! I am unsure about siblings since I don’t have any. Other babies are fun to play with though.
Marian: Are they? I’ve never noticed. Stuffed animals and play babies, sure, but real babies? Nah. But I do love free play and imagination. What’s not free play? Is that like when Mommy makes me take a bath? I don’t like those.
Tilly: Thanks for reading with me, Marian!
Marian: Thank you!