In a Blue Room

By Jim Averbeck; Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152059927, 32pp.)

Publication Date: April 2008

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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 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.

Praise For In a 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. . . .  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

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