Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat

Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat

By Author / Illustrator

David Melling


Baby & Toddler Books


Nosy Crow Ltd




Paperback / softback




Ruff! Ruff! Meet Ruffles, the playful puppy who faces all the tricksy troubles of preschool life in this new picture book series from the award-winning author and illustrator David Melling.

Just like every preschooler, Ruffles the puppy experiences all the ups and downs of daily life as he learns about the world around him. There are LOTS of things he likes and LOTS of things he doesn't . . . and he doesn't always get things quite right!.  Ruffles LOVES scratching, digging and chewing but he does NOT like wearing his 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 some things are definitely worth wearing your coat for!

Dog-lovers won't be able to resist the adorable Ruffles in this new preschool series from the creator of Hugless Douglas (over 5 million copies sold worldwide).

Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free 'Stories Aloud' audio recording - just scan the QR code and listen along!Other titles in the series include: Ruffles and the Teeny, Tiny Kittens



Ruffles and the red red coat introduces us to Ruffles, a very cute puppy, who loves doing all the things puppies do like sniffing, scratching and fetching. The one thing that really cramps his style is wearing his new red coat. He is not at all keen to and, after a lot of wriggling, manages to remove it. Although it is specifically for wearing when it is cold and wet, Ruffles cannot resist going out to jump in puddles without it. But when Ruby, wearing her own blue coat, comes to join him in splashing around, Ruffles gets wet, cold and cross and doesn't want to play anymore.

Ruby goes away and they both seem sad. Fortunately, Ruby returns bringing Ruffles' coat and, after a lot more wriggling, he manages to get it on and the two of them continue their joyful puddle-jumping with renewed energy. This story has a particular rhythm and structure, where some pages have one illustration and others have nine smaller ones, offering a change in pace. The pattern of words supports this arrangement.

For example, the small pictures on one page are accompanied by a list of verbs to describe Ruffles' and Ruby's playful activities. They sniff, pat, lick, splish, splash, splosh and jump. I think small children will really enjoy the sound of these words and the charming and expressive illustrations alongside them.

There is a certain amount of repetition too, especially of the word 'no' during some of Ruffles' more rebellious moments. The use of a limited colour palette is very effective, consisting of mainly primary colours, and a pale watery blue for the puddles.

The focus is on the movement and expressions of the main characters, and I am certain they will become firm favourites amongst younger readers. They may also relate to Ruffles' reluctance to wear a coat sometimes!

Picture book / Reviewed by Judith Greenall 

Suggested Reading Age 0+


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