This is another lively paperback from the ‘Ruby Roo’ collection. Ruby Roo has a little brother called Barney-the star of another in the series Quick, Barney, Run!. They spend a lot of time together and the series is about big sister and little brother getting up to mischief and using their imagination wonderfully.
Ruby and Barney’s Mummy is going away so Ruby decides to pack her suitcase for her: with all her very favourite things. There then follows lots of loading up of the suitcase with all the things Ruby feels Mum should take with her. All the pages will make you smile but the little quips that Ruby makes about her mum’s habits mean the humour will appeal both to children and parents too. For example Ruby chooses an abacus because ‘Mummy loves counting! She counts to three all the time.’ Or one to bring us all up short in 2019: ‘Mummy loves her laptop. Tip-tap!Tip-tap!! Every day.’
Once again Laura Hughes’ illustrations add even more joy to the humorous language – the colour and movement give it a lively charm which is fitting for a little girl and a toddler. Mummy’s Suitcase is a lovely book to share especially if there is a mummy or daddy about to go away somewhere….but I hope it is not followed to the letter otherwise I’m not sure it would be the most useful luggage for three days!