Violet and the Eggplant Painting Problem (Paperback)

Bloomers Island

By Cynthia Wylie, Katya Longhi (Illustrator)

Rodale Kids, 9781635651126, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2018

List Price: 4.99*
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In Violet and the Eggplant Painting Problem, Professor Sage holds a contest between the young Bloomers, where each must choose their favorite vegetable to grow and care for. Here, young readers are introduced to the character of Violet, a painter who loves purple. So of course she chooses to grow eggplants, and decides to make paintings of them to track their progress. But she runs into a problem—there’s no more purple paint! Violet quickly learns that she can gather blackberries to make her own purple paint, and she is able to paint her vegetables after all.

Bloomers Island Garden of Stories picture books take young readers and listeners to Bloomers Island to experience the world of plants, flowers, and gardens through lively stories and lush illustrations.

About the Author

Courtney Carbone studied English and Creative Writing in the US and Australia before becoming a children's book writer and editor in New York City. Her favorite things include Brit Lit, trivia nights, board games, stand-up comedy, improv, bookstores, libraries, brick-oven pizza, salted-caramel macarons, theme parties, sharks, puns, portmanteaus, and '90s pop culture. Visit and follow @CBCarbone.

Katya Longhi is a freelance children's illustrator who has worked for publishers throughout Italy, Australia, the United States, France, and Brazil. She lives in Modica, Italy, with her husband.