Little Violet is so enamoured of her quirky dragon playmate that she wants all her friends to meet him. Poor Dave, however is painfully shy and every time he is put in a new unfamiliar situation, he gets all hot and flustered - with spectacular consequences. There's a poignant mood as poor Dave tries to overcome his nerves, and a happy ending as he finally gains self-confidence. Junior Sarah Adams' artwork -with its woodcut effect and retro colour palette - makes this book truly distinctive. And children will love watching Dave blow his top! ABC - Kent A simple story about difference, shyness and friendship, illustrated with bold, distinctive linocuts. Armadillo Magazine My 2-year-old daughter loved the repetition of poor Dave getting hotter and redder, then whoosh! I loved the fantastic style and colour of Adams' 'retro' illustrations, reminiscent of classics such as 'Rosie's Walk'. There is a happy ending... Juno This very simple story with its positive message about friendship and belonging should encourage discussions about shyness, being different and fitting in. School Librarian Read this colourful tale to discover what happens and to see whether Dave ever overcomes his shyness. Ibby Link In this endearing tale, Violet tries her best to help Dave overcome his shyness. Adams's woodcut-style illustrations offer a real feeling of texture, as does her use of strong colour, which makes the visual text jump off the page. Adams also captures the emotions of the characters very well, especially Dave. Bookfest Ireland - Recommended Reading Guide
From the Inside Flap
Violet thinks her best friend Dave is very beautiful. But she doesn't know he is very shy. When she persuades Dave to meet her friends, he becomes nervous - and as he grows redder and hotter with embarrassment, flames gush from his mouth. Violet's friends run away in fright and Dave realises he is going to find it hard to fit in. But one evening his flaming breath is just what is needed to rescue a damp situation and soon he is everyone's friend. This endearing story of being shy will strike a chord with many young readers and its celebration of difference will encourage all. Created by the author/illustrator of Gary and Ray, Dave and Violet are sure to find a place in many hearts.