Perfect Picture Book Friday – This Book Is Gray

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday and I have such a fun book to share today!

It might look dismal and gloomy but it isn’t – it’s lovely and perfect 😊

I love books that are sweet and books that make me laugh, and this one is both!

This Book Is Gray

Title: This Book Is Gray

Written & Illustrated By: Lindsay Ward

Two Lions, December 2019, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: colors, story-within-a-story, humor

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text and illustration copyright Lindsay Ward 2019, Two Lions

Opening: “I’m going to make the GRAYtest book ever. . .
Once upon a time, a wolf, a kitten, and a hippo lived in a small house by the sea. (Some would describe the house as dismal, bleak, or gloomy.)
But it wasn’t. It was lovely.
And perfect.”

Brief Synopsis: All Gray wants is to be included. But the other colors are always leaving him out. So he decides to create his own project: an all-gray book.  Gray just knows it’s going to be perfect. But as he tries to write it, the Primary and Secondary colors show up…  Will anyone ever realize that Gray can be interesting too?

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text and illustration copyright Lindsay Ward 2019, Two Lions

Links To Resources: 20 Color Activities for Preschoolers; List of Color Activities; make your own story and/or pictures using only one color!

Why I Like This Book: For starters, it’s funny! 😊 Not only do the Primary and Secondary colors try to shoulder their way into the book, but in guessing at the story line they go off on quite a tangent.  There is also some fun color word play.  But what makes the book even better is that, underlying the story and the humor, is Gray’s heartfelt wish to be appreciated for himself, something all kids (and grown-ups 😊) can relate to.  The other colors, while a little boisterous and pushy, are not unkind, and in the end a solution is found that makes everyone happy!  A delightful way for younger readers to learn about colors and for all readers to enjoy!

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text and illustration copyright Lindsay Ward 2019, Two Lions

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 😊


16 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – This Book Is Gray

  1. Patricia Tilton says:

    Such a clever way to tell a story. I love gray’s POV, with the other colors trying to barge in and have their say. I love the line, “Do you mind. I’m trying to tell my story here.” This book will elicit a lot of laughs from kids. Great share!

  2. Sue Heavenrich says:

    Oh my gosh! how funny – and yet (she says, looking out at the gray, gray day) totally appropriate. Definitely putting on my must-absolutely-read-soon (MARS) list.

  3. Barbara Gruener says:

    Books pairing feelings with colors get me every time; can’t wait to hold this one in my hands and in my heart!

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