Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat by Anna Branford illustrated by Sarah Davis
Walker books ISBN 978 1 921529 191
What I enjoy so much about Anna Branford's style is her seemingly effortless skill in portraying Violet's thoughts and the wholly believable synapses of her child logic. This is the third instalment of life according to Violet. And what a delectable and vibrant world it is.
From a sparrow in a shopping centre, to a delightful exploration of the term 'Natural Habitat' we are engrossed with Violet's family life. When Violet's sister Nicola has to do a project for the Natural Science display, it causes much friction in the household because Nicola doesn't know what to do.
Violet's helpful suggestions are met with “Buzz off, Violet,' she says.(Nicola) “It's not a primary school project where you can just put some ladybirds in a jar. It is for a display and it has to be actual science.”
So Violet sets about making her own Natural Habitat for Small Gloria the ladybird found in 'a patch of fennel with soft feathery leaves.'
Sarah Davis' black and white illustrations are the perfect foil for the text, from a shoulder -hunching, frowning Nicola, to a wistful head- titling Violet, Sarah captures the drama of the small moments in these sisters' lives.
A wonderful read and highly recommended. A Great Christmas gift!