In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Tricia Tusa
It’s bedtime, but Alice is bouncing and wide-awake. “Time for bed,” Mama says, “and I’ve brought flowers for your room.”
“I can only sleep in a blue room,” says Alice.
“Blue is my favorite.
“Ah … but smell,” Mama says.
Mama brings many special things to help her little girl sleep: a silken quilt; a cup of tea; bells on strings—though, as her daughter sleepily protests, none of them are blue. But at last, the light goes off, the moon shines in, and Alice gets her wish.
In a Blue Room, by Jim Averbeck, is an excellent picture book-- gentle, funny, and loving. Tricia Tusa’s ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are delicately joyful and jumbled. The words and pictures combine very well, and the pacing is perfect for a last story before bed.