Friday, 22 November 2013

Crayon By Simon Rickerty

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Summary From Simon and Schuster
Pink and yellow and orange and green – colouring is fun! Only… What if your friend colours all over your picture? And then colours all over you?!
Find out how two crayon-crazy creatures resolve their colouring catastrophe in this hilarious follow-up to the totally brilliant MONKEY NUT.
Published by Simon and Schuster in January 2014
Pages – 32
*****
You're probably wondering why I haven't included an excerpt from this picture book at the start of my review. The reason is, there are hardly any words in it because the illustrations say it all. 
On the surface, the quirky story is all about colouring, but it's about friendship, too, and sharing, and about how to resolve quarrels. A red creature is colouring with a blue crayon; a blue creature is colouring with a red crayon. All is well until red decides to colour on blue's page. In the ensuing battle, a crayon is broken. But don't worry, there's a happy ending!
The creatures may look like fuzzy blobs, but Simon Rickerty manages to convey their emotions with clear facial expressions. The simple story will strike a chord with young children and the bright illustrations will help to encourage colour recognition. An unusual and original book, but there's nothing wrong with being different.

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