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In a Blue Room February 13, 2011

In a Blue RoomIn a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck and illustrated by Tricia Tusa (2008)

Picture Book, 32 pages

In a Blue Room is sure to be a bedtime favorite requested over and over again. Young Alice is wide-awake in her bedroom and refuses to fall asleep without everything in the room being blue, her favorite color. Alice’s mother tries numerous approaches to try and soothe Alice’s senses into slumber. There is something magical in Tusa’s fluid illustrations that portray Alice gradually slipping into sleep by the blue light of the moon. With crisp text placed on a white background and only small flourishes from the illustrations spilling over onto the text pages, the book would also make a great naptime book in a preschool or kindergarten class. Because of its beautiful illustrations, adorable story, and perfect sized text, I would definitely give In a Blue Room a try during library story time!