Anna Branford was born in the Isle of Man and spent her early childhood in Sudan and Papua New Guinea before moving to Australia. Creative writing was her favourite subject at school and she wrote stories in all these different countries. Anna is a doll maker and a sociology lecturer at Victoria University. Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot was her first published work for Walker Books Australia and was Honour book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers Notable Books for 2011.
Sarah Davis grew up in New Zealand, wearing gumboots and falling in rivers. She worked as a secondary school teacher before moving to Sydney. Sarah is a very busy, award-winning artist who has collaborated with Sue Whiting on Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (New Frontier) and Jennifer Poulter Mending Lucille (Lothian), for which Sarah won the 2009 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator. Most recently, Sarah’s title Fearless, written by Colin Thompson, was short-listed for the 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot was also Honour book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers Notable Books for 2011.
A compassionate story of environment and community, families and friendship, it is warmly ethical without ever becoming preachy.
a delightful, quality read for early readers and an excellent book to be read to younger children as an introduction to reading.
Creative Kids Tales
[a] delightful series
beautiful keepsake books for young girls.
These books are charming and very appealing.
Bug in a Book
this quirky series is very popular with readers aged 6+
The Children's Bookshop
These books are charming and very appealing. The stories are simple, joyous and fun.
The Kylie Verse
Without any doubt at all, Violet Mackerel is the heroine who appeals most to my young girl students of 8-12 years … Whenever I receive a new Violet Mackerel story, I immediately have to make a list of which girl can borrow the book first. No greater recommendation is possible.