Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Review: Shrinking Violet by Lou Kuenzler
Released: July 5th, 2012
Violet is normal-sized one minute and pocket-sized the next! It's the BIGGEST day in Violet's life. All she has ever wanted to do is ride Plunger, the scariest roller coaster around. And tody she is finally TALL enough. 1.4 meters to be exact. But just as Violet is about to climb into one of Plunger's carriages, someting totally crazy happens. Violet shrinks! She is suddenly as small as a fish finger. Although Violet doesn't stay little for long, her chances of ever riding Plunger are ruined. She never wants to shrink again... Bt then Granny is accused of stealing, and tiny Violet might just be the only one who can catch the thief.
Shrinking Violet randomly showed up at my house one day and I decided to read it on a whim. I do read a fair amount of 8+ children's fiction and this one looked funny and intriguing. I mean, who doesn't want to read about a girl who shrinks to the size of a fish finger?! I'm really glad I read it anyway as I immediately fell in love with tiny Violet and her sneaky ways!
I've always liked smaller people - hobbits, borrowers, Steve from Land of the Giants - to name but a few, and now I can add Violet to my list. She FINALLY gets to be 1.4 metres tall and big enough to go on the Plunger ride when suddenly she shrinks! She has all kinda of miniature adventures, including ending up in a very messy public rubbish bin. Yuck! She soon becomes a spy, though, in a quest to help clear her grandma's good name and restore order to the nursing home where she lives. Super Violet to the rescue!
The layout of Violet's tiny tale is really cool and appealing to younger readers. There's plenty of fantastic illustrations, larger unusual fonts and a generally fun approach to things. If all books looked this nice and lilac-coloured, I think we'd all get a lot more reading done!
Shrinking Violet is the perfect read for its target audience. In fact, it's my favourite 8+ title of 2012 so far. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be reading the next book in the series. So, if you know anyone looking to share in an adventure of smaller proportions, do grab a copy of Shrinking Violet. It's well worth a read!