SHRIEKING VIOLET by Emma Quay (ABC Books) h ttp://

Shrieking Violet

Emma Quay

ABC Books

You know, the smallest people can make the most noise. Meet my sister, Violet! Violet shouts the loudest, but that doesn’t make her the star.

A warm and funny peek at family life from award-winning author-illustrator Emma Quay.

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Author and illustrator notes                     

NSW Premier's Literary Awards, 2011
Shortlisted Book, Patricia Wrightson Prize

Children's Peace Literature Award, 2011
Shortlisted Book

CBCA Book of the Year Awards, 2011
Notable Book, Early Childhood Section

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge
Early Childhood & P-2

vibrant, colourful drawings… Another great offering from writer/illustrator Emma Quay
Quay’s beautiful illustrations are typically charming, gorgeously coloured and full of really effective and smile-worthy emotion. I adore her polka dot backgrounds. She uses really down-to-earth, sweet kid language to write the book and the whole story comes together into a heart-warming tale that’s absolutely perfect for kids who may have suffered the recent arrival of a newborn rival…
— KIDS BOOK REVIEW, September 2010
I love, love, love this book! Emma is a keen observer of children, capturing beautifully the dysfunctional relationship between two sisters — the naughty, pesky, attention-seeking younger toddler, Violet and her elder, tolerant sister… The immediacy and intimacy of the telling is striking. Quay’s use of language, in first person, keeps us with the elder sister… as she describes a typical day at home with Mum. Violet is shown in various poses, notably flinging herself on the floor when she isn’t the centre of attention…

I love Quay’s use of colour and the patterned backgrounds, in complimentary purples and soft yellows, do not detract from the action. There is plenty of movement through the pages as we follow along, waiting to see what mischief Violet will get up to next. My favourite would have to be the painting scene, where Big Sister has made a cat out of a paper bag and Violet has made an impression of her bottom, in violet paint, on a sheet of paper on the floor.

I can see this book becoming a favourite of children and bringing a smile to the faces of their parents.