Shrinking Violet (Hardcover)

By Cari Best, Giselle Potter (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, 9780374368821, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2001



Never has being shy seemed so rewarding

Whether she's impersonating Elvis, swaggering like Captain Hook, or imitating the sounds of a cricket, Violet is expressive and funny -- but only when she's alone or with her best friend, Opal. At school, especially around class bully Irwin, who teases her nonstop, she retreats into a shell of shyness. But when Irwin, playing the part of Planet Mars in the class play, begins to spin wildly out of control and threatens to ruin the entire production, it's Violet who saves the day -- managing not only to give Irwin his comeuppance but to find her own unique way of surviving the spotlight.

Illustrations brimming with humor and charm add to the fun in this fresh take on overcoming shyness.

About the Author

Cari Best and Giselle Potter's previous collaboration, T"hree Cheers for Catherine the Great!," was a Booklist Editors' Choice and selected a Best Book of the Year by both "Publishers Weekly "and" Child" magazine. Ms. Best lives in Weston, Connecticut, and Ms. Potter lives in Kingston, New York.

Praise For Shrinking Violet

"Potter's piquant watercolors put the crowning touch on this humorous tale of a shy child who saves her school play from disaster." -Publishers Weekly