About the Author
Amy Reichert knows from experience how much kids can help
with grownup work. She couldn't have written this book without her
daughter, Joan, and one funny seven-year-old named Julia. She is
the author of three other children's books, including the
award-winning While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat,
illustrated by Alexandra Boiger. She lives with her family in
Bethesda, Maryland. Alexandra Boiger was born in Munich, Germany.
She has loved to draw and create funny characters since she was
young, and after studying graphic design in Augsburg, Germany, her
feature animation career led her to work with Warner Bros. and
DreamWorks. She is the illustrator of numerous books, including
Tallulah's Tutu. She lives with her family in California.
"Reichert embellishes a narrative style reminiscent of Laura
Numeroff's in the If You Give... series and presents a sturdy
heroine evocative of Kay Thompson's Eloise.... Many families will
enjoy the interplay here between mother (efficient and loving) and
daughter (sky's the limit)."
--Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2012
"Violet proves to be a more benevolent, less spoiled version of
Eloise...those still too young for the labor force should get a
kick out of seeing how easy it is to discombobulate the button-down
--Publishers Weekly, January 16, 2012
"Boiger's whimsical watercolor illustrations show the charismatic
little helper playing chair tag to "liven things up" in a meeting
and teaching an adult how to add a "snazzy personal touch" by lying
face down on the copy machine. Lots of cheeky fun that's sure to
--School Library Journal, February 2012
"Young Violet offers children plenty of advice for the professional
world in this lighthearted tale that uses the circular,
second-person style of Laura Numeroff's If You Give . . .
series.... Eloise-esque illustrations expertly capture the
exuberant girl's innocuous misbehavior as well as all of the
exhausted adults.... Children will relate to Violet's enthusiasm to
return to the office, and adults will recognize the coworkers'
subtle eye rolling."
--Booklist, March 15, 2012
"Violet is the perfect office assistant on Take Your Child to Work
Day--she helps the boss with his presentation, answers her mother's
phone, and delivers packages to the mailroom. Her antics along the
way "may" not be quite so helpful, but don't tell her that!
Adorable illustrations by Alexandra Boiger ramp up the fun."
--Scholastic Parent & Child, April 13, 2012
"Boiger's pencil and black tea drawings, punched up with bits of
watercolor, effectively display time and movement with just the
right amount of chaos as she sets adults off-kilter and places
Violet everywhere at once. Sly comparisons of coffee breaks to
school snack time and mid-afternoon slumps to naptime remind adult
readers that they probably really did learn all they need to know
in kindergarten, but what really makes this narrative work is the
fact that Violet is clearly the heir to Kay Thompson's Eloise. Her
obstreperous energy, brazen confidence in the face of adults, and
even her body type, with its poochy little tummy and continually
upturned chin, charm audiences for the same reasons that Eloise
did, suggesting that every stodgy grownup space needs a pixie.
Hence this is one of those books clearly aimed at two audiences:
the children who will delight in reading about a freedom they would
never enjoy without serious consequences, and the adults who need
reminding that yeah, it's tough, but they love their kids anyway."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May
"In these overloaded days of work/life blur, few parents need Take
Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day as an excuse to drag children
in.... And what's not to like when you get there? The secret candy
drawer, "all the fuss" of doting (or procrastinating) colleagues
and snack time, otherwise known as coffee break. This
"Eloise"-without-the-attitude (and let's face it, the office is no
Plaza) offers an amusing and semi-informative take on what Mom does
all day. It may also come in handy."
--The New York Times Book Review, Children's Bookshelf,
May 13, 2012