Picture book lovers everywhere have already discovered In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck and illustrated by Tricia Tusa, but I recently bought a copy for a young neighbor. The lovely illustrations and calm pacing of the musical text make it a perfect bedtime book.
When Cana saw the book, she immediately reached up to her dad, asking to be lifted onto his lap so he could read it to her. She bounced with excitement and made little chirps and pointed to the pictures. Even though it was just past breakfast and she's younger than the intended audience, she clearly loved it.
What a treat for me!
I bought the book at one of the best children's bookstores around, the Blue Marble in Ft. Thomas, Ky., (which is actually part of Greater Cincinnati). Independent booksellers are an author's best friend, and Peter and Tina have been running their wonderful store for 30 years -- as noted in Publisher's Weekly last month. They're huge supporters of local authors.
And they have a full-size replica of the Great Green Room from Goodnight Moon, the bedtime classic in whose footsteps In a Blue Room follows.
Great Green Room, Blue Marble, In a Blue Room... See? Circles.