Anna Branford was born on the Isle of Man and spent parts of her childhood in Africa and in Papua New Guinea. Now she lives in Melbourne, Australia, with a large black cat called Florence. She writes, drinks cups of tea in her garden, and makes dolls and other small things, which she sells at early morning markets. Anna is the author of the Violet Mackerel series. Visit her at AnnaBranford.com.
Elanna Allen lives in New York with her husband and sons, where she writes and illustrates children's books and designs characters for television. She wrote and illustrated Itsy Mitsy Runs Away and has created characters for Disney, Nickelodeon, and PBS. Stop by and say hi at ElannaAllen.com.
Just right for newly independent readers, this fifth adventure
about Violet Mackerel finds her exploring a new home and wishing
for a friend. The author gets Violet's perspective pitch-perfect,
exposing her anxieties about fitting in while also showing children
they are not alone in their worries about adjusting to unfamiliar
surroundings and people. Plentiful grayscale illustrations zero in
on the child's emotions, and the fluid prose makes this an ideal
read-aloud for the whole family.-- "School Library Journal,
Invitations to Imagination Summer Reading List for K-3, May
The fifth installment in this early chapter book series is as whimsical and honest as ever. Young readers will delight in the enthusiasm that Violet and Rose devote to their playdates and the attention to detail that they give to the teeny, tiny notes that they pass back and forth through the small knothole in the fence bordering their houses. Violet is a lover of all small things, being one of them herself, and that comes across deliciously. . . . Charming grayscale illustrations, again sketched by Allen, connect and expand upon the text. Fans of Junie B. Jones, Clementine, and Amber Brown will happily add Violet to their reading shelves as well.-- "School Library Journal, March 2014"
This is a gentle story of kindred spirits recognizing each other, and a happy addition to this continually excellent series.-- "Booklist, April 2014"