Monday, October 31, 2011

Razzle-Dazzle Ruby by Masha D'yans - Giveaway and Book Review

Snow?! Goodness, just last week we played outside without any coats. Now we're watching with awe and trepidation as our Northeast friends work to restore order after this weekend's freak October snowstorm. Winter is coming whether we want it to or not. Rather than focusing on the negatives, it's best to focus on the wonder. Here's a book that helps kids and adults discover the magic of winter!

Razzle-Dazzle Ruby by Masha D'yans. Scholastic Press (October 2011); 9780545225007; 20 pages; Pop-up / moveable art book
Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher

Dainty snowflakes, snowmen with stick arms, sparkly snow angels ... those are the delightful sights of a razzle-dazzle snow day. An imaginative little girl named Ruby wakes up and can hardly contain her excitement as she gazes at the snow-covered world outside her window. All bundled up in her fabulous winter garb, she pretends she's a "gleaming-beaming" snow queen and joyfully embarks on a journey in her winter fairy tale world. She looks for her knight (her puppy, Rocket) and tries to avoid the evil ice prince with help from her nobleman friend, Sir Zac.

Author/Illustrator Masha D'yans knows exactly how to dazzle young readers. In Razzle-Dazzle Ruby she creates a magical and whimsical winter world with her splendid watercolor illustrations. The dainty snowflakes and cute Ruby in her striped red tights -- oh, it's a charming story for sure! And then, as if her gorgeous illustrations weren't enough, D'yans adds more magic by providing hands-on interactive play with some seriously cool pop-ups, pull-tabs and other moveable parts. Kids can help Ruby throw a snowball through the air, ice skate on a glistening pond, and make snow angels on the ground and more.

D'yans truly captures the childhood delights of a magical snowfall and my kids can't get enough of her impressive paper-engineered, enchanting snow world. This really is a winter experience you don't want to end! My kids want to jump into the book and embrace the snow-filled world with zeal along with Ruby. We wish there were more than just the ten interactive spreads to carefully explore (like other pop-ups, the book has a thick cover and thinner pages meant to be handled with care). Luckily, it won't be too long before we can play in our own, real snow-filled wonderland.

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Watch the whirly twirling action in this YouTube Sneak Peak:

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Our very favorite page in Razzle-Dazzle Ruby shows Ruby and Zac creating snow angels. Both my kids like to make their arms move back and forth using the pull tabs. Because we don't have any snow yet to play in, my son and I decided to create our own magical snow angel artwork. I taped a felt snow angel onto a piece of watercolor paper and encouraged my son to paint the entire picture with blue and purple watercolors. When he was finished we removed the felt snow angel and marveled at the resist art. Later on he added some sparkle glaze to add shimmer.

Add a little razzle-dazzle to your winter! Scholastic Press has kindly offered to give away a copy of Razzle-Dazzle Ruby to a Brimful Curiosities' reader.

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Jubilee Reviews said...

My favorite winter activity is going for a walk in the woods, with the snow glistening and the trees full of snow. So peaceful! This books looks like a definately read!
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anne s. said...

i love to go sledding or snow tubing with the kids...
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Anonymous said...

The illustrations look so sweet in the book!
We like to sled down the hills in the pastures near our house. We don't get alot of snow here close to the Oregon Coast but when we do we take advantage of it to the fullest. My kids love it!
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Unknown said...

Honestly, I hate being outside in the winter but if you're going to make me pick I'd say building a snowman with the kids. :)

Theresa N. said...

Sledding is one of those things everyone can enjoy.
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Kristie said...

Mt favorite outdoor winter activity would be building snowmen :-)

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Dolphin Girl said...

My favorite activity in the winter is walking and watching the sunset.

Staci A said...

We love to go sledding or have snowball fights.
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Mozi Esme said...

If we can get to the snow, it's making snow angels... Otherwise, it's just watching the river in winter conditions - very full...

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Linda Kish said...

We don't really have winter weather here in So Cal. I like to go on hikes or long walks.

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jwal90 said...

I like to go sledding with my family

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Megan Earley said...

When I was a kid, I loved to go sledding with my sister.
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J. Cannon said...

I like going skiing and drinking hot chocolate!

Anonymous said...

I love to go sledding.

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Anonymous said...

My little one and I love to rake leaves and then she jumps in them. We also like sledding down the hills near our house when it snows. Thanks for the giveaway

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sleepy headed mom said...

I love sledding. (going back up the hills not so much)

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