Review: Love, Violet

I am so excited to share another one of my most anticipated titles of the year with you all for Valentine’s Day! Love, Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild and Charlene Chua is a beautiful picture book with the kind of queer representation I wish I had seen in books as a child.

Title: Love, Violet
Author: Charlotte Sullivan Wild
Illustrator: Charlene Chua
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (Macmillan Kids)
Published: January 4, 2022
Format: Picture Book

Following a young girl name Violet and her crush Mira, Love, Violet is a beautiful story of first loves and crushes. Violet struggles to find the words to tell Mira how she feels, but as Valentine’s Day approaches, she is determined to succeed. This story is so sweet and I can’t recommend it enough!

The watercolor illustrations by Charlene Chua are absolutely delightful and pair perfectly with Charlotte Sullivan Wild’s narrative. The illustrations really bring the characters to life. I love Violet’s red hair (No surprise there. I’ve always been a fan of redheads.) and her cowboy hat. I love Mira’s yellow scarf and the way she smiles at Violet. Every page is filled with wholesome queer love and it fills my heart with joy.

Love, Violet is available now wherever you normally purchase books, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)

Thank you so much to Macmillan Kids for providing me with a digital review copy of this delightful book. I loved it so much I had to go buy myself a physical copy right away!

About The Author:

Charlotte Sullivan Wild is the author of the picture book The Amazing Idea of You illustrated by Mary Lundquist (Bloomsbury, 2019). She has previously worked as an educator, bookseller, and volunteer radio host for Write On! Radio (KFAI). Originally from frosty Minnesota, she now lives wherever her spouse is stationed, most recently in San Antonio, Texas and now in Italy! charlotteswild.com

About The Illustrator:

Charlene Chua is the author of the debut picture book Hug? out in September 2020. When she is not making art, she enjoys cooking, reading, and playing with her cats. She now lives with her husband (and cats!) in Hamilton, Ontario. charlenechua.com

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