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Patch and Ruby

Patch and Ruby
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Anouska Jones

Patch and Ruby

Anouska Jones & Gwynneth Jones

EK Books

Patch the pony is lonely. He has fun with his young owner, Sam, and the other farm animals are friendly, but sometimes it feels as if he still doesn’t quite fit in. Then one day Sam has an idea and something happens that changes Patch’s life forever. Patch and Ruby is a wonderful, often very funny tale about friendship and finding out where you belong.

Anouska Jones is a publisher, editor, book reviewer and writer. She is the Publisher for Exisle Publishing and EK Books, and is the Senior Editor of children’s literature website Kids’ Book Review. She lives on her rural property with her husband and daughter, three horses, eight chickens, three ducks, two dogs, one cat and one budgie.

Gwynneth Jones drew all through her maths book at school, so left to study art at TAFE and then majored in Plant and Wildlife Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Since then, Gwynneth has been imagining and drawing madly, exhibiting and holding market stalls, and creating picture books.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 mm x 255 mm | Colour | 32 Pages | 


The Sugar and Spice Launch Day

Many thanks to Luke Arms, for capturing so many great moments throughout the day! 
Visit Luke's website here.

Author Anouska Jones reading Patch and Ruby  Pastel Treats and Sweets!

Team Sugar and Spice  Activity Time!


Queensland Times, June 2017

"Patch and Ruby is a wonderful, often very funny tale about friendship and finding  where you belong”Click here to read.

Meet the Illustrator - Kids' Book Review

Kids' Book Review continue their insightful blog series, this time with Sugar and Spice's very own Gwynneth Jones! You can learn all about Gwynneth's creative process, favourite mediums, inspirations and much more here.

Best Reviews:

Educating Young Children, November 2017

"The children were very engaged with the visual story as the illustrations are simply delightful. Patch and Ruby appealed to the children as it allowed them to use skills related to visual imagery and create their own story while looking at images and illustrations in the book. This book was an excellent resource for shared reading with children and led to many meaningful and unexpected conversations."  Reviewed. Click here to view.

Batch of Books, March 2017

"This is a sweet look at friendship, the need to belong, and the improvement a good friend can bring to your life."

Sunday Telegraph, January 2017

"this gentle picture book is a celebration of friendship...in particular, finding a friend who fits just right. With its loveable farmyard animals and positive message it will appeal to from ages 3-6.”

Mid West Book Review, December 2016

"'Patch and Ruby' is a lovely tale of finding friendship and the place where you belong. Charmingly illustrated in warm earth colors"  - Click here for the full review.

Peninsula Kids, December 2016 

Reviewed for their Christmas special 'things we love" Click here

Reading Time, November 2016

"Children will be able to identify with Sam and perhaps feel empowered by her solution to Patch’s loneliness. The theme of not fitting in and finding a friend who ‘gets you’ will resonate with young readers"

Aussie Reviews, November 2016

"Patch and Ruby is a cute picture book story about friendship, difference and belonging, filled with bold illustrations of farm life which youngsters, especially those with a passion for horses, will love." - Read the full review here.

NC Teacher Stuff, November 2016

"With a gently sweet story and engaging illustrations, you and your readers will want to make friends with Patch and Ruby." - Read the full review here.

Kids' Book Review, October 2016 

"Patch and Ruby is a heartfelt metaphor about everyone’s yearning for a soul mate and the inevitable obstacles along the way. While younger children will embrace the humour and quirkiness of gossiping poultry and tiny guardians of the veggie patch, the deeper tale of finding someone to call home resonates on every page."

The Mummy Project, October 2016

"This book is ideal to use as a starting point to discuss with kids what friendship means and the different types of friends. It’s a beautifully illustrated book by Gwynneth Jones who brings the characters to life especially the gossiping hens."

Boomerang Books Blog, October 2016

"Jones’s narrative is warm and restrained enough to sustain short attention spans whilst the illustrations excite the tactile senses and illicit quite a bit of cheeky humour. Keep an eye out for the chook in rollers. So clever."

Huntingdon School Class K-2

The kids loved this story they were so excited when ruby arrived "they are going to have a  Baby Pony" they thought the illustrations were fun and beautiful  and had squeals of laughter when she was drawing on her horse's bottom, and were so happy when ruby arrived "now he has a friend".

Huntingdon School Class 2-4

The kids thought the story was great they loved the chickens, "horse story's are always the best"

School Days, September 2016

"A story to warm the hearts of young children while they enjoy the entertaining illustrations by Gwynneth Jones. Another delightful book from EK Books"

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