Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child

Title: Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes
Author: Lauren Child
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication date: 2nd August 2012
Pages: 432
Genres: Children's
Format: Hardback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

Here's the low-down on Ruby Redfort: she's a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a thirteen-year-old girl.

She and her slick side-kick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains but they're always ice-cool in a crisis.
Normal life is a total yawn. Break out of boredom with super-awesome Ruby Redfort.

The cover of this book is awesome - I like how you can only see Ruby's eyes as it makes the cover look more mysterious. The green and pink add a nice splash of colour.

This book is full of exciting adventures, murderous villains, perplexing codes and difficult missions. Ruby is meant to be thirteen, and even though she's a 'genius', sometimes I thought she seemed more like an eleven year old. However I don't think this really matters as some people don't act their age, and that includes characters in books! My only problem with this book is that it was very slow-paced in places.

I read this all in one sitting. It was a fun book to read, and I liked imagining how Ruby would get out of the dramatic, near-death experiences she would get herself into. The secret codes Ruby and her friend used were so good that I couldn't decipher them - maybe it would've been good if the translation had been at the bottom of the page in small print or something.

I used to read other books by Lauren Child when I was little, such as Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola, so it's nice that she's finally written a book for my current age group.

This book is fine for girls and boys aged 10-14, and could probably be read to a slightly younger child. I give it a rating of 4/5 - a point deducted for the occasional slow pace. Overall though, this is a fantastic book!

1 comment :

  1. I'm not sure about the cover, but the eye idea is nice! I used to love the Clarice Bean books a, they were so much fun. (':

    Ruby sounds like an interesting character, I like the child-genius aspect. Books like these are always a great, fun read!

    Thanks for the review, Amber. (: