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Violet Shrink Hardcover – Picture Book, March 1 2020

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Review

Christine Baldacchino and Carmen Mok have given introverts and shy children the opportunity to see themselves and be accepted as they are.

CanLit for Little Canadians

A calm, effective model for stating—and listening to—needs.

Kirkus Reviews

Carmen Mok’s illustrations, rendered in gouache, color pencil and graphite pencil, add charm and provide a very detailed, fantastical addition to the story. … Books like Violet Shrink can serve as starting points for discussion with children and can serve as essential tools for parents and teachers alike in addressing anxiety.

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Praise for Christine Baldacchino, Carmen Mok and Violet Shrink:

Shortlisted Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards, 2021
Mighty Village Spring Book Pick, 2020
Today’s Parent Book of the Week
FOLD Kids Book of the Month
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Favourite Reads of 2020
OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention, 2020

“Christine Baldacchino and Carmen Mok have given introverts and shy children the opportunity to see themselves and be accepted as they are.” — CanLit for Little Canadians

“A calm, effective model for stating—and listening to—needs.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[A] thoughtful and touching story … [a]n important book for all children struggling with social anxiety.” — Mighty Village

“Carmen Mok’s illustrations, rendered in gouache, color pencil and graphite pencil, add charm and provide a very detailed, fantastical addition to the story. … Books like Violet Shrink can serve as starting points for discussion with children and can serve as essential tools for parents and teachers alike in addressing anxiety.” — CM Reviews

Praise for Christine Baldacchino, Isabelle Malenfant and Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress:

Stonewall Honor Book in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Winner of the CBC Bookie Award for Best Picture Book
Finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
Finalist for Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

“Morris is a complex character whose creativity and personality shine.… Sensitive and reassuring.” — Kirkus, starred review

“[A] wonderfully moving and enriching picture book. Morris is a relatable character whom many readers will find both sympathetic and familiar.” — Quill & Quire, starred review

“Baldacchino’s gentle story sensitively depicts gender nonconforming children, offering them reassurance and, one hopes, acceptance by introducing other children to the concept.” — Booklist

“Baldacchino doesn’t sugar-coat the teasing and isolation Morris endures.… Malenfant showcases Morris’s full emotional spectrum.” — Publishers Weekly

“[R]ather than presenting an overt message about gender identity, the book provides a subtle and refreshing glimpse at a boy who simply likes to dress up.” — School Library Journal

Praise for Betty Quan, Carmen Mok and Grandmother’s Visit:

Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature Picture Book Honor Title

“Quan’s words and Mok’s pictures together create a luminous reflection of how children experience grief and loss.” — Quill & Quire, starred review

“This is a wistful, tender story recommended for children who are confronting the loss or imminent loss of a loved one.” — School Library Journal

“This sweet and gentle story about losing a loved one is emotionally lovely…” — Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

CHRISTINE BALDACCHINO is a graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. Her picture book Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress was a Stonewall Honor recipient and the winner of the CBC Bookie Award for Best Picture Book. She lives with her husband in Toronto.



CARMEN MOK is a studio-art graduate of the University of Waterloo and a craft and design graduate of Sheridan College. She has illustrated Percy's Museum by Sara O'Leary, Violet Shrink by Christine Baldacchino and Grandmother’s Visit by Betty Quan, an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Picture Book Honor title. Carmen’s other noteworthy books include A Stopwatch from Grampa by Loretta Garbutt, Cone Cat by Sarah Howden and Tough Like Mum by Lana Button. She lives in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Groundwood Books; Illustrated edition (March 1 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1773062050
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1773062051
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 408 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.32 x 1.27 x 25.4 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    5.0 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

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Christine Baldacchino is a former graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. She is the author of the Stonewall Honor recipient Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress (Groundwood Books, 2014) and Violet Shrink (Groundwood Books, 2020). She lives with her husband in Toronto, and loves blue raspberry-flavoured slushies, and ballet flats (though not for eating).

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Tracy Boyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully captured
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice way to talk help children
Reviewed in Spain on May 13, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020
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