Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford

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In a story that is perfect for new readers, Violet Mackerel is the most delightful heroine. Here, Violet falls for a blue china bird at a local market. She longs to own it but it costs £10 and Violet has to think up a clever plan to persuade her parents to help her to buy it. Violet Mackerel is an attractive and convincing heroine and the little details of her life ring delightfully true.


Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford

This is a new character series for 6-9s featuring the funny, quirky Violet Mackerel - a girl with a mission to think outside the box. She has her own philosophies on life, and she's ready to put them into practice. Living with her eccentric, creative family, she learns to think differently about things and people - not to mention how to knit, garden (or rather, how not to garden) and make things. In book 1, Violet is smitten by a blue china bird at the market, but she doesn't have any money to buy it. What she needs is a brilliant Violet Mackerel plot!

This series reflects the movement for happiness philosophy - creative, environmentally-aware kids make their own fun - and chaos! The book includes a guide to making your own Box of Small Things - visit our associated website for more Violet things to do and make!

This book is written by new Australian writer Anna Branford, niece of Henrietta Branford. Other titles include: Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery; Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat (2013); and, Violet Mackerel's Personal Space (2013).


'Recommended for girls aged five and up who enjoy their books with a hint of quirkiness and a large dollop of imagination.' Clare Hingston, The Bookseller

About the Author

Anna Branford was born on the Isle of Man, but spent her childhood in Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Once, when she was very itchy with the chicken pox, her dad read her the Very Hungry Caterpillar thirty times in a row. Anna lectures in Sociology at Victoria University, Australia, and spends her evenings writing children's stories, kept company by a furry black cat called Florence. She also makes dolls using recycled fabric and materials. Sam Wilson graduated from Kingston University in 1999. The Violet Mackerel books are the first titles she has illustrated for children. She says, It has been such fun drawing Violet, she is a gorgeous character with such an adventurous spirit. Sam lives in the Staffordshire countryside.

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 6


Anna Branford
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd May 2012




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