Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat

by David Melling (Author) David Melling (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Join in with Ruffles as he faces all the trials and tribulations of toddler life in this brightly colored new picture book series from award-winning author and illustrator David Melling. As Ruffles learns about the world around him, he discovers there are lots of things he likes . . . and some things he doesn't! He loves scratching, digging, and chewing, but he does not like wearing his red coat on rainy days. No, no, no, no, NO! But when Ruffles wants to splash in puddles with his best friend, Ruby, he soon learns that sometimes wearing a raincoat is a very good idea after all.

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PreS-K--Ruffles, a white puppy with personality, sports a black dot encircling his right eye (somewhat resembling Bullseye, the Target mascot). At the book's beginning, nine vignettes show the small canine's antics during his busy day: "howling," "scratching," "fetching," and more. What stops him in his tracks is being outfitted with a new red coat. Since he "does not love" it, the bull terrier slowly but determinedly works until he manages to take it off and walk away, head held high, leaving the red coat in a heap. While he should wear his coat on a cold rainy day, Ruffles refuses. When he and his friend Ruby--who, by the way, is wearing a blue coat--are splashed by bigger dogs, Ruffles is chilled and too upset to play anymore. Ruby comes to the rescue and all ends well. The illustrations, drawn in pencil and colored digitally, are delightful, especially a run of several pages of small illustrations revealing the adorable pup with energy to spare. VERDICT Young children will be entertained by Ruffles, sympathetic to his wardrobe woes, and thrilled to see his relationship with Ruby warm up.--Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek P.L., WI

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Review quotes

Small sequential drawings of Ruffles struggling to wriggle out of and back into the notorious red coat prove priceless. . . . A playful, endearing tale of canine friendship.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
David Melling
David Melling grew up in London with various siblings and a selection of animals, including a dog. It took him a while to decide what he wanted to do, but he never stopped drawing. He worked as a cel renderer and background artist in several animation studios before he began illustrating children's books. His work includes the Hugless Douglas series and The Kiss That Missed, which was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. To date he has created around 150 books in over thirty languages. David Melling lives in Oxfordshire, England, with his wife and two children.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2021

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