REVIEW – VIOLET MACKEREL’S BRILLIANT PLOT
by Dee White - October 21st, 2011
VIOLET MACKEREL thinks she would QUITE LIKE to own the blue china bird at the Saturday markets.
This is not just a SILLY WISH.
It is instead the start of a VERY IMPORTANT idea.
But what she needs is a PLOT.
A BRILLIANT plot.
Written by Anna Branford and illustrated by Sarah Davis, this book is one that I can see kids keeping on their bookshelves and handing down to future generations. (Yes I have faith that print books will be around for many years to come).
Violet Mackerel, the central character has a small goal, to own a small china blue bird she has seen at the market where her mother has a knitting stall on a Saturday morning.
But this blue bird is special and it’s going to take a brilliant plot to make it hers.
Violet believes that collecting small things can lead to something big, even brilliant. In fact she has a Theory of finding small things and hopes that this will help her get her blue china bird.
Anna Branford really gets inside the head of a small child in this endearing story. I remember being Violet’s age and wanting a horse. There was one I particularly liked and I used to plan and dream about how I could get it to follow me home.
Violet is very endearing in that she is fiesty, determined, but honest in her goals and how she goes about achieving them. And just as small children do, she becomes totally distracted by another project and forgets about her original goal.
In the end it’s through her kind nature and generosity of spirit that Violet gets what she wants in the story.
Sarah Davis’s beautiful black and white illustrations bring Violet’s story to life, showing her character and the emotions and turmoil she is going through. They are lively and sensitive illustrations with a touch of humour and bring the reality of Violet’s emotions closer to the reader.
There are even instructions at the end of the book showing the reader how to make their very own Box of Small Things.
Check out Violet’s website, violetmackerel.com.au to find out more about her adventures.