Reviewed by Me for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com
My children and I absolutely loved this book. From the story itself to the funny and whimsical illustrations, you won't go wrong adding a copy of WHEN RUBY TRIED TO GROW CANDY to your library.
Ruby Louise Hawthorn is sure that a mean old lady must live on the other side of the fence. But when her ball bounces over that dividing line, Ruby has no choice but to leave a note (in case she perishes) and use a ladder to climb into the next yard.
There she discovers the most amazing sight. Miss Wysterious is growing teacups from trees and flowers with clock faces, and has a yard full of playing cards, toasters, shoes, and other fairly fantastical items.
When Miss Wysterious shares her jellybeans with Ruby and instructs her to plant them, she's at first quite dubious that anything will grow. You can't grow candy, for goodness sake!
Until the day comes, after weeks of working in the garden, that Ruby and Miss Wysterious make an astonishing discovery.
Like I said, this is a delightful story, one that is perfect for reading together. If only I could figure out how to have such a green thumb!