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!
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
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.
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?
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!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 😊