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Ruby, Alfie and the Mother’s Day card

In this, the first of the stories featuring Ruby and Alfie, the twins can’t wait to get to school and be artists. They know that they are going to be creating something really special for their Mum.

When they return home, it is clear that the creative, artistic stuffing has been knocked out of them. Surely something can be done to put things right…but what?

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Reviews

***** Fantastic little book!

What a fab little book this is! As a head teacher, I will be making use of it in staff training to help staff become more aware of the things they inadvertently  do which quash creativity. (TJ)

***** Wonderfully creative book

For anyone wanting to have a wonderfully creative, artistic and clever book to read to their children or grandchildren, then this is it. Written from personal experiences in the classroom and delivered with a passion that is highly infectious, Hil has brilliantly captured feelings and responses that many will be able to identify with. The associated website is also full of creative ideas and resources. (CJT)

***** A fun way to inspire creativity

I very much enjoyed reading this book with my 5 year old niece and 8 year old nephew. It’s a fun way to encourage children to think about the different ways they can create art, and express themselves creatively. The illustrations are superb, and capture diverse styles of art, to inspire adults and children. The children commented that it was fun, interesting and that they enjoyed reading it as well. (CW)

***** Great message and beautifully illustrated

Loved the simplicity of the message of the book – the story is told in a fun and engaging way that will appeal to adults and children alike. Great illustrations. Definitely worth a read! (LR)

***** Encouraging budding artists…

I read this book with my 6 year old, who loved it; especially as we were able to talk about all the different styles of the artists featured; I also learnt that he’d even been doing some pointillism at school! (CG)

***** A delightful story

I love the way this book encourages children to see themselves as artists and individuals capable of their own decision making. This book appeals to both children and adults. (HAG)

***** Imagine

This book is a little treat, you meet lots of inspirational artists as you read through. Ruby and Alfie have a second chance to create a mothers day card thats not the so often mass class produced card.  (Now paint the petals like this and with pink etc you know the type of thing when all the children leave school with the same cards.) This book reminds us there is a different way and we shouldn’t forget about it just because we think its quicker. Lets imagine and create. (LS)

***** Lovely story, beautiful illustrations

My daughter read this book and loved it. She was happily telling me about all the characters afterwards. The thing that struck me most about this book was the beautiful illustrations. Incorporating famous works into the book is an excellent way of introducing these pieces to young children. My daughter, who learned about Monet last year at school, was delighted to see the picture they had to recreate at school in the book. Very clever idea indeed. We look forward to reading more books by this author! (EM)

***** Beautiful picture! Delightful story with meaning!

I bought this book after my 12 year old daughter and her friends enjoyed the first ‘The Tale of Two Sydneys’ by the same author. I read this to my four year old son and we both loved the illustrations encapsulates famous artists and also the message behind the story. I love how it encourages creativity and imagination and I know my son will enjoy future tales of Rubie and Alfie (LP)

***** Dynamic, playful and great teachers' resource

This picture book is huge fun, with a jaunty, lively style. My young son loved it read aloud, and especially enjoyed the appearances of Dave the magic dog who makes things happen in the story. It would also be a brilliant resource for teachers as it introduces fourteen major artists and their individual styles, as well as asking readers to consider, more deeply, what art and creativity is. Aspirational and particularly suited readers in Years One, Two and Three. (SP)

***** For children and adults!

This book contains some valuable lessons for children and adults alike. The creativity in us all just needs encouragement and opportunity . I’m looking forward to the next book! (JS)

***** Lovely book

Looking forward to reading more about Ruby and Alfie. (AA)

***** A delightful book

This is a smashing children’s book that introduces youngsters to the beauty, variety and potential of art to enrich our lives and brighten up the grey! Once you’ve read it with your children, you could explore the artists mentioned at the end! (SR)

Hi Hil....

I read your book yesterday. I thought it was great, language good for the audience, very colourful and engaging, you want to know what happens next. The illustrations are superb and clever use of famous paintings and love the fact that Dave the dog can turn back time! (Annemarie M)

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Ruby, Alfie and the Mother’s Day card

In this, the first of the stories featuring Ruby and Alfie, the twins can’t wait to get to school and be artists. They know that they are going to be creating something really special for their Mum.

In this, the first of the stories featuring Ruby and Alfie, the twins can’t wait to get to school and be artists. They know that they are going to be creating something really special for their Mum.

When they return home, it is clear that the creative, artistic stuffing has been knocked out of them. Surely something can be done to put things right…but what?

Buy the book

Reviews

***** Fantastic little book!

What a fab little book this is! As a head teacher, I will be making use of it in staff training to help staff become more aware of the things they inadvertently  do which quash creativity. (TJ)

***** Wonderfully creative book

For anyone wanting to have a wonderfully creative, artistic and clever book to read to their children or grandchildren, then this is it. Written from personal experiences in the classroom and delivered with a passion that is highly infectious, Hil has brilliantly captured feelings and responses that many will be able to identify with. The associated website is also full of creative ideas and resources. (CJT)

***** A fun way to inspire creativity

I very much enjoyed reading this book with my 5 year old niece and 8 year old nephew. It’s a fun way to encourage children to think about the different ways they can create art, and express themselves creatively. The illustrations are superb, and capture diverse styles of art, to inspire adults and children. The children commented that it was fun, interesting and that they enjoyed reading it as well. (CW)

***** Great message and beautifully illustrated

Loved the simplicity of the message of the book – the story is told in a fun and engaging way that will appeal to adults and children alike. Great illustrations. Definitely worth a read! (LR)

***** Encouraging budding artists…

I read this book with my 6 year old, who loved it; especially as we were able to talk about all the different styles of the artists featured; I also learnt that he’d even been doing some pointillism at school! (CG)

***** A delightful story

I love the way this book encourages children to see themselves as artists and individuals capable of their own decision making. This book appeals to both children and adults. (HAG)

***** Imagine

This book is a little treat, you meet lots of inspirational artists as you read through. Ruby and Alfie have a second chance to create a mothers day card thats not the so often mass class produced card.  (Now paint the petals like this and with pink etc you know the type of thing when all the children leave school with the same cards.) This book reminds us there is a different way and we shouldn’t forget about it just because we think its quicker. Lets imagine and create. (LS)

***** Lovely story, beautiful illustrations

My daughter read this book and loved it. She was happily telling me about all the characters afterwards. The thing that struck me most about this book was the beautiful illustrations. Incorporating famous works into the book is an excellent way of introducing these pieces to young children. My daughter, who learned about Monet last year at school, was delighted to see the picture they had to recreate at school in the book. Very clever idea indeed. We look forward to reading more books by this author! (EM)

***** Beautiful picture! Delightful story with meaning!

I bought this book after my 12 year old daughter and her friends enjoyed the first ‘The Tale of Two Sydneys’ by the same author. I read this to my four year old son and we both loved the illustrations encapsulates famous artists and also the message behind the story. I love how it encourages creativity and imagination and I know my son will enjoy future tales of Rubie and Alfie (LP)

***** Dynamic, playful and great teachers' resource

This picture book is huge fun, with a jaunty, lively style. My young son loved it read aloud, and especially enjoyed the appearances of Dave the magic dog who makes things happen in the story. It would also be a brilliant resource for teachers as it introduces fourteen major artists and their individual styles, as well as asking readers to consider, more deeply, what art and creativity is. Aspirational and particularly suited readers in Years One, Two and Three. (SP)

***** For children and adults!

This book contains some valuable lessons for children and adults alike. The creativity in us all just needs encouragement and opportunity . I’m looking forward to the next book! (JS)

***** Lovely book

Looking forward to reading more about Ruby and Alfie. (AA)

***** A delightful book

This is a smashing children’s book that introduces youngsters to the beauty, variety and potential of art to enrich our lives and brighten up the grey! Once you’ve read it with your children, you could explore the artists mentioned at the end! (SR)

Hi Hil....

I read your book yesterday. I thought it was great, language good for the audience, very colourful and engaging, you want to know what happens next. The illustrations are superb and clever use of famous paintings and love the fact that Dave the dog can turn back time! (Annemarie M)