In a Blue Room

OK, so Jim Averbeck and Tricia Tusa’s In a Blue Room is a quiet book, but that also makes it a rather nice bedtime book. School Library Journal: “This dreamy book doesn’t have a single unnecessary word. Alice bounces on her bed, wide awake and making demands. She will only sleep in a room in which everything is blue. Mama brings in flowers, a cup of tea, and an extra quilt. Each time, the child queries the not-blueness, but Mama whispers ‘Smell.’ ‘Taste.’ ‘Touch.’ And when the light finally clicks off, the moonlight streams in, and in its light, everything is blue, and Alice is…fast asleep. Tusa’s illustrations, done in ink, watercolor, and gouache, show a child progressing from Pippi Longstocking-like energy, through acceptance, drowsiness, and finally sleep. Their soft colors and simple lines are perfectly suited to the simplicity of the language. This lovely book works well as a one-on-one bedtime read, but it would also be the perfect final selection for a pajama storytime.” Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: depends on how sentimental you are. Illustrations: four jelly jars. Click here to see the limited preview available through Google Books.

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~ by kaychubbuck on October 27, 2010.

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