Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot
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|Format:||Paperback, 80 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrations|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 03 May 2012|
This is a new character series for 6-9s featuring the funny, quirky Violet Mackerel - a girl with a mission to think outside the box. Violet Mackerel has her own philosophies on life, and she's ready to put them into practice! Living with her eccentric, creative family, she learns to think differently about things and people - not to mention how to knit, garden (or rather, how not to garden) and make things. In book 1, Violet is smitten by a blue china bird at the market, but she doesn't have any money to buy it. What she needs is a brilliant Violet Mackerel plot! Series reflects the movement for "happiness philosophy" - creative, environmentally-aware kids make their own fun - and chaos! Book includes a guide to making your own "Box of Small Things" - visit our associated website for more Violet things to do and make! This book is written by new Australian writer Anna Branford, niece of Henrietta Branford. Other titles include: "Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery"; "Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat" (2013); and, "Violet Mackerel's Personal Space" (2013).
About the Author
Anna Branford was born on the Isle of Man, but spent her childhood in Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Once, when she was very itchy with the chicken pox, her dad read her the Very Hungry Caterpillar thirty times in a row. Anna lectures in Sociology at Victoria University, Australia, and spends her evenings writing children's stories, kept company by a furry black cat called Florence. She also makes dolls using recycled fabric and materials. Sam Wilson graduated from Kingston University in 1999. The Violet Mackerel books are the first titles she has illustrated for children. She says, "It has been such fun drawing Violet, she is a gorgeous character with such an adventurous spirit." Sam lives in the Staffordshire countryside.
"* "Recommended for girls aged five and up who enjoy their books with a hint of quirkiness and a large dollop of imagination." (Clare Hingston, Bookseller)"
Gr 1-3-Every Saturday seven-year-old Violet Mackerel accompanies her mother, sister, and brother to the local market where her mother tries to sell her knitted goods. When she covets a special blue china bird but does not have 10 dollars to pay for it; she needs to concoct a brilliant plan to come up with the money. Can she try digging in her backyard to unearth ancient dinosaur bones? Will she be able to think of something she can knit and sell? This is a sweet story about a likable little girl who just longs for something small. While Violet is still a unique character, she is much more subdued than Judy Moody or Junie B. Jones, and there is definitely an audience for a quiet but creative heroine. Black-and-white drawings, some full page, add touches of whimsy and humor. A charming easy reader that also serves as a thoughtful, gentle read-aloud.-Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Publisher: ||Walker Books Ltd|
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 12.0 centimeters (0.09 kg)|