Ruff Ruffman, the lovably charismatic host of FETCH!, jumps from screen to page with a pair of readers that combine comical stories with real-life science.
Ruff Ruffman is having a bad day. First, his fancy pants get stolen, then he gets a message from his boss that seems to say he’s been fired! There’s only one way for him to find out: visit his boss in Australia. To do this, of course, Ruff turns his doghouse into a "green" vehicle (powered by cooking oil from a Chinese restaurant) and adds pineapples to keep it from sinking. Inspired by this Ruff-and-ready innovation, young readers are invited to create their own tinfoil boats, then load them with pennies to test how well they float.
This hits the right marks with respect to chapter length, print size, and goofy appeal to make transitional readers comfortable, and the familiar media face is likely to snag a broad audience. —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A “PBS KIDS” beginning chapter book with an engaging story told in four short chapters... Emerging readers will enjoy humorous, cartoonlike illustrations... A quirky sense of humor and simple plot will appeal to most new readers and with timely subjects such as green energy, DIY, and self-destructing pants, it’s a fun read. A science experiment that is easy and safe to do without parental help is included at the end of the book. This goofy book will be popular. —School Library Journal