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How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel

Author Anna Bradford

Illustrator Sarah Davis

Publisher Walker Books Australia

Genres Activity book, Picture book

Most favourites ever: 1. making things; 2. small things. What more could one want in a book? OK, a pony would be good…maybe next time.

Violet Mackerel loves to make things, especially SMALL things. Let Violet show you how to make some of her favourite SMALL THINGS: SMALL THINGS to WEAR, SMALL THINGS to USE and SMALL THINGS to GIVE.

Packed full of crafty ideas and lots of thinking outside the square! All of the fun and SMALL things Violet shows you how to make can easily be created with things you have at home! Make small things to wear, like personalised wrist warmers; small things to use, like a chest of matchbox drawers. There are also small things to give to other people, like pencil toppers and gift tags.

  • A companion to the Violet Mackerel illustrated fiction series.
  • Features colourful photographs showing various craft steps and finished projects.
  • From the award-winning team that brought you Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot.

For ages 7 up


Anna Branford was born in the Isle of Man and spent her early childhood in Sudan and Papua New Guinea before moving to Australia. Creative writing was her favourite subject at school and she wrote stories in all these different countries. Anna is a doll maker and a sociology lecturer at Victoria University. Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot was her first published work for Walker Books Australia and was Honour book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers Notable Books for 2011.

Sarah Davis grew up in New Zealand, wearing gumboots and falling in rivers. She worked as a secondary school teacher before moving to Sydney. Sarah is a very busy, award-winning artist who has collaborated with Sue Whiting on Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (New Frontier) and Jennifer Poulter Mending Lucille (Lothian), for which Sarah won the 2009 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator. Most recently, Sarah’s title Fearless, written by Colin Thompson, was short-listed for the 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot was also Honour book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers Notable Books for 2011.

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