Tuesday, November 18, 2008

In a Blue Room - Book Review

Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that you know will remain in your memory for some time, possibly forever. In a Blue Room, by Jim Averbeck and illustrated by Tricia Tusa is one of those books.

First, I must mention to you that my own bedroom as a child was painted a light powder blue color and the floor was covered in thick blue shag carpet. Blue is a comfortable, familiar color. Naturally I was drawn to the picture book just from reading the title. But, titles can be deceiving. Alice, the little girl in the story, desperately wants to sleep in a blue room; only, well, her room is anything but blue. Alice’s mother slowly settles her blue-seeking child by giving her comforting items that bring calm to all five of her senses. However, none of those items are blue either. Very tired, “Alice yawns, almost gone.” Finally her wish comes true as she falls to sleep in a gorgeous, magical world. To tell you more would spoil the fun.

This lovely bedtime story by Jim Averbeck is as comforting as a favorite lullaby, a perfect read-aloud. Sweet, enchanting verses couple with quaint illustrations of a doll-like little girl in a cozy, dreamy bedroom. Tricia Tusa really does work magic with her watercolors. And, the ending is simply delightful.

Now excuse me while I gather some flowers, sip a cup of tea, snuggle into my favorite quilt, listen to some lullaby bells and fall into a gentle slumber in my own blue room. Sweet dreams!

In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Harcourt Children's Books (April 2008), 32 pages, ISBN 9780152059927


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