Ruby Sings the Blues
Ruby is so loud, she drives everyone crazy. When her teacher suggests that Ruby might make life easier by turning down the volume, Ruby turns it up instead - and drives away all her school friends. Ruby feels really blue - until Bernard and Zelda, the saxophonist and blues singer living in the basement, offer to give her singing lessons. Not only does Ruby learn to be quieter, she also learns to sing with feeling - everything from the sharp sounds of the city to the gentle notes of an evening breeze - and on the day of the school concert, she's awesome!
Niki Daly's first book, The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Road, won a British Arts Council Illustration Award. It was followed by Not So Fast Songololo, which won a Parents' Choice Award in the U.S. In 1995 All the Magic in the World won an IBBY Honours Award and Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky was chosen by the New York Times Literary Supplement as one of their ten best illustrated books. His books for Frances Lincoln include Bravo Zan Angelo, Nola Turkington's The Dancer, Christopher Gregorowski's Fly, Eagle, Fly!, Jamela's Dress, What's Cooking, Jamela?, Once Upon a Time and Where's Jamela?