Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest written by Anna Branford
& Illustrated by Sarah Davis
Published by Walker Books
This is an enchanting story about two young girls, Violet and her friend, Rose. The girls love to play at their local park, which is called Clover Park, and they particularly love playing under the big old oak tree. Vincent, Violet’s stepdad, sits on a chair to watch them. The chair is dedicated to someone called Eva but none of them knows who Eva was. Vincent sits and reads books on how to find a way to pay for a late honeymoon for himself and Violet’s mum.
One day when the girls are playing at Clover Park, some people come to measure the tree. The people put a note on the tree that says ‘Public Notice – Tree Removal’.
Violet and Rose are very unhappy about the possibility of losing the tree and they try to come up with ways to stop it from being cut down. They consider a full-scale protest but they don’t have the money or means to make big protest signs. Together they come up with the ingenious plan of making a pocket-sized protest with different ways of leaving small signs around the park and their town. Their theory is that people who care about the smallest things are the people who will notice their cryptic clues and do something to help.
Then, when it seems all has failed, the local paper runs a story about people finding all the ‘pocket protests’ the girls have placed everywhere. In the process, the council makes a new decision.
Violet and Rose also get to meet Albert. He is an old man who has known the tree for most of his life. He is the person who put the chair there for his late wife, Eva. And he is delighted that other people also care about the oak tree.
Near the end of the story, Vincent’s problem of how to have a late honeymoon is also solved.
The theme of Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest is that small people doing lots of small clever things can make very big things happen.
Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest is the sixth book in the Violet Mackerel series and is a delightful, quality read for early readers and an excellent book to be read to younger children as an introduction to reading.
CKT Book Reviewer