Words from the grown ups
… and the little ones
Dear Julia, I read the story today on the plane and I cried with emotion. It really fits perfectly for Viola. She is an adventurer and she loves animals. In addition, she likes to help others so she will feel super committed in reading it.
I find it adorable, the characters, the jungle, everything!! And the references to her two grandparents…
It’s true, it’s a bit long but I wouldn’t cut anything. I’m struggling to tell you where to improve because I find it beautiful. Thank you very much, it is a precious gift.
Another message from the same parent, several months later:
Dear Julia, I just wanted to share with you that Viola has named her favourite horse ‘Purple Jungle’ like the title of the book you wrote for her. She loves it and shows it to everyone who comes to visit. I took the attached picture this morning, she was reading the book on the stairs, sitting and smiling in a ray of sunshine. It gave me so much joy!
The moment I laid my eyes on this book, I knew it was special. When I read this book I felt that I was travelling from reality to a land of wonders.
Viola, 8 years old
My wife forwarded this to me to have a look at as well. I think it is brilliant!
I love how you have included so many New Orleans references.
Well done – I can’t wait to see the illustrations !!!
I thought the story was magical.
I just wanted to re-iterate what A. has said – it’s such a wonderful story and you have taken such care to include so many personal things. We love it! Also, the research that you have put into it about the city of New Orleans is brilliant. Thanks so much!!!
First of all, I’d like to congratulate you on the story, and on your writing style, which I think is interesting and reminds me a little of Roald Dahl!
Wow, wow!!! – the book looks amazing – I love it! The illustrations are so detailed and cool and in particular how the children have been captured – it’s beautiful! It works so well with the text too.