Mornings are when I do some of my best reading as I have a task that allows me to wander the story without customers being around. And the other morning a display at the bottom of the steps had a few books where authors were coming, seasonal books and this brightly colored green and yellow book called Ruby Finds a Worry caught my eye.
Picking it up I found Tom Percival created a book where I like the illustrations and the concept is nice. The story has fun diversity and a coziness to it. And it could be left at that, but there was more to it as well.
Since there are several books about worries and feelings, I think I would have liked this book much more had it come out earlier in the time frame of books in the feeling’s genre. Not to say I did not like it, I did, but I was thinking about what could make this book even better. One thought was that it would be a great larger/lap-sized board book.
Yet, with that said, it is a delightful book about worries. (Slight spoiler) The worry is never given a name or says what the worry is (such as she’s worried about a test, her grandparents, or a bully at school). It is Ruby has a worry and it grows. And grows. But when she finds the solution of getting rid of it, Ruby is saved from her worries! There is more to the story, the fact that everyone worries is a good touch and yes, worries will come back, but now you know how to handle them was a nice piece of the story. There is also a bit of a friendship story. And this book allows for other books. And there are! Ruby is not at the helm of the other stories, but everyone has to deal with an emotion, feeling or issue.