In a Blue Room (Hardcover)

By Jim Averbeck, Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)
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It's bedtime, and Alice can only sleep in a blue room. What is a little girl to do?

About the Author

Jim Averbeck is the author of "One Word from Sophia", illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail; "In a Blue Room", illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and of the novel "A Hitch at the Fairmont". He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books "Oh No, Little Dragon!" and" Except If". He studied Children's Book Writing and Illustration at the University of California Berkeley and now makes his home in San Francisco. You can visit him at

TRICIA TUSA has written and illustrated many wonderful picture books, including In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck; Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by Edith Pattou; The Magic Hat by Mem Fox; "The End of the Beginning" by Avi; and her own Follow Me.

Praise For…

* “If bedtime books were dances, this one would be a pas de deux: prose and pictures partner each other effortlessly all the way to the last page. . . .  Tusa appears to have breathed in first-time author Averbeck’s text and then breathed it out as pictures. The final appearance of the blue room, which sounded so impossible at first, will feel to children like a promise kept." --Publishers Weekly, starred review (3/31/08)

"This dreamy bedtime book doesn't have a single unnecessary word. . . . 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."

--School Library Journal, starred review, June 2008

Product Details
ISBN: 9780152059927
ISBN-10: 015205992X
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Publication Date: April 2008
Pages: 32
Language: English