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Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat

Written by David Melling

Illustrated by David Melling

Part of the Ruffles Series

Early Years Animal Stories

LoveReading View on Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat

A heart-melting story about a couple of dogs which will win fan of all ages

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2021

Ruffles hates his red coat and refuses to put it on when he goes out to play – even when it is raining. His friend Ruby has a blue coat. And she loves to wear it. When the two friends jump and splash in puddles Ruffles gets wet and cold and wants to go home. But Ruby is dry inside her coat and wants to play still. Clever Ruby gets Ruffles his coat. Ruffles love Ruby more than he hates his coat so, after a vigorous struggle to get into it, he proudly joins her for some more play! David Melling’s simple illustrations of the two gorgeous little dogs carry all the emotion of this almost wordless picture book perfectly.  

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

More About This Book

The Editor at Nosy Crow says:   “David Melling is a comic genius and Ruffles might just be his best creation yet! Adorable and funny, Ruffles is a typical toddler in doggy form – sometimes he laughs, sometimes he sulks, but with a little bit of help and understanding, he always gets there in the end. And with a Miffy-esque look and retro palette, the bright and engaging colours are just perfect for the pre-school age range. Definitely a new favourite for me!”


Julia Eccleshare's Picks for April 2021

Burning Sunlight by Anthea Simmons

Shades of Scarlet by Anne Fine

The Day the Screens Went Blank by Danny Wallace & Gemma Correll

Fourteen Wolves by Catherine Barr & Jenni Desmond

Weirdo by Zadie Smith, Nick Laird & Magenta Fox

Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat by David Melling 

The Duck Who Didn't Like Water by Steve Small

An Alien in the Jam Factory by Chrissie Sains

Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat Synopsis

Ruff! Ruff! Hello, Ruffles! Ruffles is a typical toddler who experiences all the highs and lows of preschool life as he learns about the world around him. There are lots of things he likes . . . and lots of things he doesn't! He 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!

With brilliantly observed and hilarious animal illustrations by David Melling, whose series, Hugless Douglas, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788009881
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: David Melling
Illustrator: David Melling
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Animal Stories

About David Melling

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors David Melling was born in Oxford. His father was a sculptor and David inherited his artistic leanings. David has received much recognition for his artistic talent. His first book 'Brilliant the Dinosaur' (Pavilion) was shortlisted for the 1994 Smarties Book Award and 'What's that Noise?' was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. More recently, The Kiss That Missed was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. His recent picture book, The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day with a voice over by Hugh Laurie. It was shortlisted ...

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