In a Blue Room

Jim Averbeck (Author) Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)


Alice is wide, wide awake. Mama brings flowers, tea, a quilt, even lullaby bells to help her sleep. But none of these things are blue, and Alice can sleep only in a blue room. Yet when the light goes out, a bit of magic is stirred up. Pale blue moonlight swirls into her bedroom window. Then the night swirls out, around the moon and into the universe, leaving Alice fast asleep in a most celestial blue room.

Product Details

$18.95  $17.43
Purple House Press
Publish Date
February 01, 2020
9.3 X 10.1 X 0.4 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Jim Averbeck is the author of the Sophia series, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail; In a Blue Room, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and of the novel A Hitch at the Fairmont. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Oh No, Little Dragon! and Except If. He studied children's book writing and illustration at the University of California Berkeley and now makes his home in San Francisco. You can visit him at
TRICIA TUSA has written and illustrated many wonderful picture books, including In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck; Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by Edith Pattou; The Magic Hat by Mem Fox; The End of the Beginning by Avi; and her own Follow Me.


A 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Honor book.

"Charming text. Artistic magic." -- -- "Booklist"
"If bedtime books were dances, this one would be a pas de deux: prose and pictures partner each other effortlessly all the way to the last page." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review "."
"This dreamy bedtime book doesn't have a single unnecessary word." -- School Library Journal "."
"A celebration of the fives senses! In a Blue Room is a beautifully told story of how to nurture your child through the classic bedtime struggle. -- Carrie Lambert Bozeman "author of More Before Five in a Row"