The Blanket Where Violet Sits

The Blanket Where Violet Sits
Author(s)
Co-Authors / Illustrators
Age Range
4+
Release Date
August 30, 2022
ISBN
978-0763696658
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A gorgeous picture-book ode to wonder and safety, told in cumulative rhyme and with earthy illustrations evoking brick brownstones and crisp autumn skies. In a galaxy spiraling white, on a small blue planet with a moon so pretty, in a green park in a bustling city, a little girl sits on a blanket with her family, eating a sandwich, an apple, and chips. Equipped with telescope and space book, Violet gazes up into the great beyond, imagining a rocket ride to the stars . . . and a soft, sleepy return to her blanket. Lyrical and meditative, this is the perfect picture book to savor and share during a late-night picnic under the moon—or anytime.

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Somnolently Repetitive Bedtime Tale
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
In this "This is the House that Jack Built" style story, we meet Violet, who is having a picnic in the park, sitting on a blanket with her two fathers and eating apples and chips. We go further and further away from the blanket to the park, the city, the sky, and out into the solar system and the universe! Told in pleasant rhyming style, we eventually come back to find the picnic over, and Violet being taken back home, having finished her apples and chips.
Good Points
The illustrations are in pleasant colored pencil style, with the night sky being rendered in deep, rich tones of blue, purple and black, which sets off the bright colors of the planets. Violet looks very small when contrasted with the vastness of the universe she inhabits, but her fathers are always lovingly nearby, making sure she is safe.

I can see this being a popular title with young children who like the repetition of the poetic lines like "the tiny blue planet with a moon so pretty". There's a sort of Goonight, Moon quality to this verses and the pictures; perhaps the repetition is a great way to lull children to sleep. Try this one at bedtime along with Hegarty's Night Night, Little Ones, Burke's Don't Turn the Page, Wynter's Everybody in the Building, and Norman's Hush Little Trucker.
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