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Works by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Stumpkin (2018) 130 copies
Sleepy Sheepy (2023) 98 copies
Vampenguin (2021) 69 copies
Our Pool (2023) 33 copies

Associated Works

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2014) — Designer, some editions — 4,706 copies
Mousetronaut: Based on a (Partially) True Story (2012) — Book and cover designer, some editions — 364 copies
Warning: Do Not Open This Book! (2013) — Cover designer — 186 copies
Truman (2019) — Illustrator — 154 copies
The Taking Tree: A Selfish Parody (2010) — Illustrator — 81 copies
The Love Letter (2019) — Illustrator — 76 copies
This Is Not a Valentine (2017) — Illustrator — 41 copies
The Rescuer of Tiny Creatures (2021) — Illustrator — 32 copies
Sylvie (2022) — Illustrator, some editions — 27 copies
Sounds Like School Spirit (2021) — Illustrator — 20 copies
From Ed's to Ned's (2020) — Illustrator — 15 copies


Common Knowledge

Places of residence
Cortland, New York, USA
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Folio Literary Management
Short biography
[excerpted from author's website]
Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, illustrator, and art director. She is the executive art director of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers where she has worked for two decades on picture books, middle grade books, and young adult novels. She also manages a team of talented art directors and designers.

Born in Canada, she is the youngest of six children, and her family lived in an actual log cabin. She grew up in Cortland, New York, and she now lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York. Her favorite food is the french fry.



A story of the forming friendship between a boy and a dog takes on a eye-brow-raising and spacy twist.

One night, visitors comes to Stephen's yard, the kind found in a spaceship. Their mission is simple: collect specimens and head home without being noticed. But Stephen does notice. Before he can step outside, the visitors are gone. Mostly. One was accidentally left behind. While this visitor might look quite a bit like a Dalmatian, it soon becomes clear that it is not...and not only because of its green and not black spots.

The science fiction direction adds a fun twist to this tale about friendship. Plus, the dog is very cute...although it, maybe, wouldn't agree. It begins with a night scene, where a flying saucer lands in the yard behind a white house. This brings smiles to the adult readers, as it does bring a sense of nostalgia. After that, this tale heads into friendship and alien fun. Not only do the green-spotted Dalmartians grab attention, but the Dalmartian's 'human' side brings many pokes of humor and surprises. Stephen and the Dalmartian need to find middle-ground as they discover more about each other and learn to balance with the world around them. It's a give and take with growing concern and respect, which forms a wonderful message surrounding friendship, acceptance, and sacrifice.

The illustrations carry this read almost more than the text and are well done. They add little details, which bring humor and also help strengthen the main message. Young listeners can flip through these and revisit the story on their own. The text flows well and stays short, when needed, or offers more to reflect the situations. There's never a boring moment, which makes this a lovely read-aloud for even more impatient audiences. Part of me hopes that there might be, at least, another adventure with these two to come.
I received a DRC and enjoyed this unique twist.
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tdrecker | Mar 27, 2024 |
I love this! You are seeing everything through the narrator's eyes, but you don't see the narrator. What does the narrator look like? Could be anyone. The illustrations are dynamic and creative. Tremendous sense of place. The plot is just a typical pool day, but that can be an amazing day for kids. I'd love to see this win awards.
LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
I think older elementary kids enjoy when picture books have a streak of dark humor. A hungry lion is ready to celebrate ... but his cute little animal friends keep disappearing. What could be happening to them? Witty, a little bit meta, and very funny.
sloth852 | 13 other reviews | Jan 2, 2024 |
Kids quickly caught on to the fact that Sheepy was in fact sleepy....;)

So relatable y'all!
msgabbythelibrarian | Jun 11, 2023 |



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