Anna Branford

Anna Branford was born on the Isle of Man and spent parts of her childhood in Africa and in Papua New Guinea. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia, with a large black cat called Florence. She writes, drinks cups of tea in her garden, and makes dolls and other small things, which she sells at early morning markets. (That's where she first imagined Violet and her family.)

Represented on behalf of Curtis Brown Australia


Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot

Honor book in the 2011 Book Council of Australia Children's Book of the Year Award

School Library Journal: "A unique character . . . Black-and-white drawings, some full page, add touches of whimsy and humor. A charming easy reader that also serves as a thoughtful, gentle read-aloud."

Shelf Awareness: "A strong character, a large dose of comedy and a sense of adventure."

Kids Book Review: "Violet really is a special character whose adventurous spirit and unique way of viewing the world is heartwarming. She is strong, determined, yet open to learning about everything around her. Really, she's just gorgeous . . . A beautiful book for young girls, showing that the best things are small moments in life. This one will go down as a timeless classic."

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Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery

Booklist: "This follow-up to VIOLET MACKEREL'S BRILLIANT PLOT retains all the charm and tenderness that made the first book such a treat and a welcome addition to books for early chapter-book readers. The illustrations, which sometimes work in place of the text, emphasize the story's whimsical nature."

Kirkus Reviews: "This agreeable account should attract new VIOLET MACKEREL followers."

School Library Journal: "This early chapter book, featuring pencil illustrations, will be a hit with fans of AMBER BROWN and CLEMENTINE. "

The Horn Book: "Branford once again creates a warm world for Violet, one in which the protagonist's optimism spreads to others without any hint of the saccharine. Many new readers will identify with the story, enjoy the accessible vocabulary, and appreciate the expressive illustrations that grace almost every spread."

Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat

Kirkus Reviews: "Readers who met Violet earlier will feel right at home. Still, this sweet family story stands alone and should attract new fans."

School Library Journal: "The sweet and whimsical nature of the story will appeal to many readers."

The Horn Book: "Violet's voice and good spirit is what readers will remember: thoughtful, caring, and with the right amount of self absorption to mark her as a seven year old. Fans will appreciate how Violet has matured over the course of the series . . . The best in the series so far. Like Ann Cameron's THE STORIES JULIAN TELLS, this is an excellent example of a chapter book that takes new readers seriously."

Violet Mackerel's Personal Space

Kirkus Reviews: "It is no small thing for a 7-year-old to cope with change. Branford offers chapter-book readers an appealing model."

Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protest

In this sixth story of the Violet Mackerel series, Violet and Rose start a very small protest to make a very big impact.

Violet and Rose have shared their best secrets under the big oak tree in Clover Park. And they have found some very good small things there too. So when Johnson's Tree Services stomps in and posts a sign that says PUBLIC NOTICE-TREE REMOVAL, they know that they must do something to stop them.

When their first protest washes away in the rain, Violet and Rose feel discouraged. But then they realize that the sort of people who care most about small things, like birds not having nests and people not having a place to collect acorns, might also be the sort of people who notice very small protests. And that gives them a quite brilliant idea, one that just might save their tree, on behalf of all the small things-and small people-who love it.

Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend

The charming Violet Mackerel must overcome self-doubt to make a new friend in this fifth illustrated chapter book of a delightful series.

Violet Mackerel hopes and hopes that her new next door neighbor, Rose, might turn out to be a very good friend.

But even after a nice morning at Rose's house, Violet still has quite a few worrying thoughts. Is she too messy for Rose's tidy family? Will Rose be disappointed that the ice in Violet's house comes from a plastic tray instead of a special box with fancy tongs? Will Violet wear the wrong sort of costume to Rose's flower-themed birthday party? And what if the present Violet brings is a good bit smaller than the other presents?

Luckily a helpful older sister, a big imagination, and a particularly brilliant idea just might turn Violet's possible very good friend into a definite one.