Today’s book review is for The Colourblind Chameleon, written by Laura Kantor, illustrated by Sarah Ray, and published by Squidgy Face Books. This review is part of a Book Blast, and I received the eBook for free from Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews, who is hosting the event, so that I could write up an honest review.
About the Book
Title: The Colourblind Chameleon
Author: Laura Kantor
Illustrator: Sarah Ray
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Independent – Squidgy Face Books
Number of pages: 32
Recommended age: 2 to 7
The Colourblind Chameleon is a wonderful new picture book for children ages 2 and older. Its protagonist is a special chameleon. For, while all of the other chameleons can change their color to blend into the background and hide from predators–the Colourblind Chameleon cannot. His friends think it’s funny when he turns purple in a tree or yellow in the rain. But, it’s also very dangerous for him. So, he starts spending his days in hiding. Hiding, however, is very tiresome, and he wanders off to seek a new place to hide for a while. That’s when he finds a place in the forest where a suitcase has fallen and exploded its colorfully patterned contents all over the place. Finally, here, is somewhere where he can blend in. And when his friends discover him, they, too, get to revel in the fun of bright colors and bold patterns.
I was drawn to this book initially because of the soft, digitally-rendered illustrations. I like that the color palette is heavy on pastels–yet still manages to be lively and fun. The chameleons and other animals are cute, with their big eyes and simplified body shapes, but not so cute that children will think it’s a “baby book.” And most of all, I love how silly the titular character looks when he is completely failing to blend in.
The writing is easy to follow rhyming text. It flows pretty well and some of the rhymes are quite creative. It’s the story-line that I find most appealing. It conveys a strong message to children that there is a place for everyone in the world, and that it’s okay to be different. In fact, sometimes, being different is much more fun than being like everyone else. Most of all, I like that the moral isn’t explicitly spelled out. Children are left to ponder it on their own.
I’ve found that Indie children’s books can be really hit or miss. So it’s nice to see a work that has pulled together a clever story and visually appealing art coming from an Indie publisher. If you’re looking for a story that’s a little quirky, with a positive message for your kid, this 4 star book is worth checking out.
About the Author: Laura Kantor
Laura Kantor up in Coventry, England, but has spent the last few years living overseas in Canada, Australia and now Singapore. In her free time she loves to travel, bake and write (of course). With a job in marketing, project management and a love for writing lists, Laura decided to self publish her own stories, and set up Squidgy Face Books in 2013 (www.squidgyfacebooks.com), teaming up with Sarah Ray who was the perfect illustrator to bring her stories to life. A year of very late nights and extremely long weekends later and their first release, The Colourblind Chameleon is ready to bring some colour and fun to squidgy faces around the world.
About the Illustrator: Sarah Ray
Sarah Ray, the illustrator of The Colourblind Chameleon grew up in the Herefordshire countryside where she gathered lots of inspiration for her drawings. Animals feature frequently in her work and she enjoys giving them human attributes.
This is Sarah’s first children’s book, after working with a variety of clients on commissioned illustration. She also has her own range of award winning greeting’s cards which she sells across the UK, http:// www.sarahray.co.uk
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