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In a Blue Roomby Jim Averbeck
Synopses & Reviews
Alice is wide, wide awake. Mama brings flowers, tea, a quilt, even lullaby bells to help her sleep. But none of these things are blue, and Alice can sleep only in a blue room.and#160;Yet when the light goes out, a bit of magic is stirred up. Pale blue moonlight swirls into her bedroom window. Then the night swirls out, around the moon and into the universe, leaving Alice fast alseep in a most celestial blue room.
"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. At first, Alice doesn't look like a candidate for bed; she's in her nightgown, but she has leapt into midair, her blue blanket a billowing parachute, her room a pleasant mayhem of dolls and crayons. ''Blue is my favorite,'' Alice announces as Mama, robed and slippered, carries in a vase of flowers. ''And those — aren't — blue,'' Alice adds, punctuating each word, the reader senses, with a bounce (by now, only the bottom of Alice's nightgown and her stockinged feet are visible as the rest of her jumps out of view). ''Ah... but smell,'' Mama counters. Mama offers Alice more ritual things: tea to taste (''Blue tea?' says Alice, 'There's no such thing''), a quilt to feel, bells to listen to. They're not blue, either, Alice protests, but she's fading; in each successive painting she looks sleepier, her toys floppier, her bed snugglier. The rhythm of the words soothes: 'In a blue room, orange tea cools in a brown cup'; 'In a blue room, a quilt of red and green feels warm and cozy.' These references to a blue room are a little odd: Alice's walls are yellow. ''The moon... Mama,'' Alice murmurs, and Mama whispers, ''Here it comes.'' Click! The lamp goes off, and Alice's room is transformed, bathed in the blue light of a full moon. Tusa's (Mrs. Spitzer's Garden) pictures, on single pages before, now expand to fill both. Alice's room is blue, and so are the flowers, the tea, the quilt, the bells, all just as Alice said. The stars and planets on Alice's blue blanket travel out the window and up into the sky; everything merges. 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. Ages 3-7. What kid could resist this title?" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
It's bedtime, and Alice can only sleep in a blue room. What isand#160;a littleand#160;girl to do?
Young Alice can only sleep in a blue room. She soon discovers bedtime can be full of magic--especially if there is a blue moon nearby. Full color.
About the Author
JIM AVERBECK makes his picture-book debut with In a Blue Room. He lives in San Francisco, California. TRICIA TUSA has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including her own Camilla's New Hairdo. She lives in Galisteo, New Mexico.
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;andnbsp;The Magic Hatandnbsp;by Mem Fox; The End of the Beginning by Avi; and her own Follow Me.
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