Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot (Paperback)

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Introducing Violet Mackerel, a charismatic new chapter book star with a zest for life and an endearing, relatable voice akin to Ramona Quimby and Junie B. Jones.

Violet is a seven-year-old with a knack for appreciating the smallest things in life: her “Theory of Finding Small Things” states that the moment of finding a tiny treasure usually coincides with the moment of having a genius idea. This creative little girl always strives to think outside the box, so when she spots a small china bird that she desperately wants, she forms an imaginative plan for getting it—and her methods are anything but ordinary!
     Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot is the first book in an irresistibly charming series starring Violet and her family that has pitch-perfect perspective and plenty of laugh-out-loud humor.

About the Author

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

Praise for Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot…

eoeA collection of small things and a generous gesture win Violet Mackerel the Blue China Bird shee(TM)s admired for weeks at the Saturday-morning markete.The gentle, present-tense narration reflects the thinking of an imaginative and quite determined 7-year-old, following the model of elders who envision goals and work toward them. Shee(TM)s not always realistic about her own abilities. Her theory of the importance of small things mirrors the series of small moments that make the storye. Allene(TM)s grayscale drawings enliven almost every pagee. Violet and her family are original and appealing, a lovely addition to any chapter-book collection of characters.e

eoeViolet is a true original: a complicated heroine for new readers who is neither stereotypically spunky nor silly. She needs her mothere(TM)s gentle guidance but is able to solve little problems all by herself. Will there be a sequel? Lete(TM)s hope so.e

eoeViolet has a marvelous world viewe. Debut author Branford and illustrator Allen offer up a charming new chapter book star, who is sure to appeal to fans of Sara Pennypackere(TM)s Clementine or Paula Danzingere(TM)s Amber Brown.e

"7-year-old Violetdesperatelywants a beautiful china bird from the flea market. But to raise the ten bucks to buy it, she'll need to master a new skill: outside-the-box thinking. The results are as warm as VIolet is funny, and the tale ends on the sweetest of notes."

"This is a sweet story about a likable little girl who just longs for something small...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."

eoeLarge type on roomy pages ushers newly minted chapter book readers into the world of charming and resourceful Violet Mackerele. Generous artwork--sometimes cameo-size, other times anchoring a two-page spread--provides a window into Violet's daily life.

Violet gives girlswhat Captain Awesome givesboys: a strong character, a large dose of comedy and a sense of adventure.e

Product Details ISBN-10: 1442435860
ISBN-13: 9781442435865
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 08/28/2012
Pages: 112
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 4
Maximum Age: 8
Minimum Grade Level: Preschool
Maximum Grade Level: 3rd Grade

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