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Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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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, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Happy accidents don’t get much more serendipitous than in this slender chapter book about a little girl and her desire for a blue china bird. Each Saturday morning, Violet Mackerel rises at 5 a.m. to help her mother and older siblings pack the car for the Saturday market. Mama sells knitted wares, Nicola sells earrings, and Dylan busks on his violin. Violet thinks up brilliant plots that teeter on elaborate daydreaming, all in the hope of raising enough money to buy the small figurine on a fellow seller’s table. Violet has a marvelous world view that allows her to feel the joy of giving a present rather than making a sale. When Violet finally holds the blue china bird in her hand (for who can doubt that she eventually will?), it is the result of the best laid plans going wonderfully awry. Debut author Branford and illustrator Allen offer up a charming new chapter book star, who is sure to appeal to fans of Sara Pennypacker’s Clementine or Paula Danzinger’s Amber Brown. Grades 2-4. --Kara Dean
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Despite the fact that Violet is a fictional character, she has worked herself into my heart in a way that feels very real.
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and they both can't wait for the next book !!