In a Blue Room
Publication Date: April 2008
It's bedtime, and Alice can only sleep in a blue room. What is a little girl to do?
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.
* “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