Violet's Tempest is a beautiful picturebook collaboration between author Ian Eagleton and illustrator Clara Anganuzzi. It tells the story of Violet, a girl who needs to overcome her shyness and regain her confidence at school, and how the unconditional love and support of her family help her to do this.
Ian is rapidly developing into one of the most exciting children's authors around, subtly weaving important issues into his storylines, and Clara is clearly a talent to watch closely over the next few years. They've both been kind enough to share their favourite illustrations from the book, which is available now from independent children's bookshops. Thank you so much Ian and Clara for inviting me to be part of your blog tour, and I wish you every success with Violet's Tempest.
My favourite spread in the book is the one where Nan and Violet are on the chair together with all their homey knick-knacks surrounding them. It reminds me of the comfort of family and home. I feel like it has a warm feeling to it and it really shows the support Nan gives to Violet, not only in that moment but throughout their time together (through the photos in the background and little trinkets).
My favourite illustration is the final double page spread. Nan and Violet are holding hands and so are Uncle Sebastian and Uncle Tony. Violet’s Tempest was actually the first picture book I wrote, so having two men holding hands at the end of the story was a very important and emotional moment for me. Clara has filled the page with such warmth and magic. I also love that Violet is now leading her family home, she’s finally gained some confidence and is skipping ahead. I am very grateful to Holly Tonks and Alice Curry for their input in helping these final moments come to life and for their support when I said I’d like Uncle Tony and Uncle Sebastian to be holding hands. It feels like a magical end to the story, full of hope and happiness.