Crayon by Simon Rickerty

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Crayon by Simon Rickerty

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Category: For Sharing
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Zoe Morris
Reviewed by Zoe Morris
Summary: Red and blue together make...trouble! When the colours get into a scrap, it all gets a bit messy in this funny book where the pictures tell the whole story.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: January 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
ISBN: 978-1471116797

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Meet Red and Blue. They are colours who like to colour. Red colours with a blue crayon, and Blue with a red one. Are you keeping up? Red and Blue are usually friends, but when one colours on the other’s page, and then on the other colour himself, things get messy. And scribbly. And at one point, almost violent.

This is a funny, minimal word book that nonetheless manages to tell a story about sharing and being friendly and including people and sticking to the rules (and inside the lines). It’s quite good for teaching colours to those who understand the concept, though it brought memories of my Psychology coursework on the Stroop Effect flooding back.

What it’s also good for is developing story telling ability, because there aren’t words to tell you what’s going on, you have to infer this from the pictures. If you ever wondered whether colours could show emotions, this book removes those doubts. Red looks sad, Blue looks perplexed, Red looks evil, Blue looks a bit p’ed off. And of course it’s a bit naughty because there’s lots of scribbling on the pages and scribbling in a book with a pen, pencil or crayon is, as we all know, something you Just Don’t Do.

Fans of the author’s earlier work will like this one also. It promotes the same sort of creativity, and is equally funny in a way even three year olds can understand. Fun for little readers but also fun for their care givers, this one’s a winner. Highly recommended.

Thanks go to the publishers for supplying this book.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson gets a thumbs up too, especially when you're done with Red and Blue.

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