Ruby and Graham
New Frontier, 2020
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Ruby the red squirrel loves to party and have fun, whereas Graham the grey squirrel prefers to be more organised and less spontaneous. Between them, Acorn Wood is a good place to live although, to Graham, Ruby seems to be more popular and have more friends. So one day he decides that the party life is for him so he throws away his clipboard with its list of things to do and joins in the fun. If changing who he is means more fun and more friends, then that’s the life for him.
But as he parties, gradually Acorn Woods starts to change and it is no longer the pleasant place it was. Chaos and confusion become the norm. No one liked it, least of all Ruby who decided she would speak to Graham about it and confesses her secret desire…
Little ones will love this story that shows them that while each of us is different, it is the differences that keep everything in balance. We can’t all be spontaneous and carefree like Ruby, no matter how much fun that might look from the outside, and trying to change who we really are inside can be tricky. But it is possible to be both sensible and sensational at the same time – it’s just that there are different times for the different sides to shine!