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Gray just wants to be included. But the other colors are always leaving him out. So he decides to create his own project: an all-gray book. Once upon a time, there lived a wolf, a kitten, and a hippo…
Gray just knows it’s going to be perfect. But as he adds page after page, the Primary and Secondary colors show up…and they aren’t quite so complimentary.
A book within a book, this colorful tale explores the ideas of fitting in, appreciating others, and looking at things from another perspective and also uses personality and wit to introduce basic color concepts.
A 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist: Best Picture Books
“This book is a fun introduction to color theory that may inspire children to use more gray in their artwork and remind them to include friends who are left out.” —Booklist
“A colorful primer on relationships and how to complement one another.” —School Library Journal
From the Publisher
Introducing basic color concepts, this story within a story about being true to yourself and making sure others see you for who you are is full of feeling and punchy, punny dialogue. And as you’re reading to your little ones, don’t forget to point out the fun reactions from the wolf, kitten, and hippo in the background.
- Kelsey Skea, Editor
- ASIN : B07MQR7B5V
- Publisher : Two Lions (December 1, 2019)
- Publication date : December 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 6398 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 40 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,492 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019
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This isn't actually a book within a book; it's a book about anthropomorphized colours gathering around while one of their peers attempts to illustrate a story. By the end, the creating character doesn't even properly end his tale - which is more of a madlib filled in while arguing over artistic direction than a real story. And while this appears at first to be a cute story about how Gray is unappreciated and lonely and wants to show the value of his own talents, it quickly devolves into him being bullied by the other colours. Ultimately, one ruins the story he's trying to tell by vandalizing it with their own colour and the others decide that the only way to fix the ruins of Gray's project is to colour it. Yep, his personal project meant to be about him gets vandalized and then the people who were bullying him insert their own personal tastes while claiming to help him fix the damage.
The message is confusing and vague. Is it about self worth? If so, it fails. Is it about acceptance? If so, it handles the matter entirely wrong. Acceptance isn't forcing others to assimilate to your own preferences. I just don't get it. Worse, most of the language used feels more suitable for middle grade readers despite being a picture book. I can't see a child understanding or enjoying this and I can't see a preteen wanting to read it.
Overall, I do think it's cute and I did like it but I wouldn't recommend this book for children. Maybe if the moral didn't get warped into how you can be happier from acceptance into a group which has been mistreating you, I'd say it's worth trying. But as is, I just can't say it's good for kids.
Note: I had trouble reading the Kindle edition of this book. Though you can double-tap text to get a larger version, it's imperfect. For example, once enabled, it continually zooms the text - including one instance where it zoomed one bubble on top of another and hid the text from the bottom one. There's also no pinch-zoom option, which meant I basicslly had to stick my nose to my phone to read this book. Not exactly a pleasant experience, and I'm even using a large phone! I dread to imagine how uncomfortable it is for people with smaller devices.
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I have to say as a 43 year old man it was ok. I mean I'm not hoping for a movie adaptation or anything but it was the best illustrated kids book I've read in about 40 years.
On another level this book is about diversity and accepting different point of views. Loved it for that.