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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Blocky, mimimalist drawings illustrate this playful and straightforward introduction to 13 colors. Boyd's ( Bailey the Big Bully ; The Not-So-Wicked Stepmother ) characters, a roly-poly child and an angular pooch known simply as ``black dog,'' appear as solid, unshaded black-and-white designs. As the narrator runs through the house and yard, he points out such things as the brown door, orange sun and green grass. Boyd assures clarity by featuring just one color per spread; for example, when ``Black dog watches as I wash with the pink washcloth,'' only the background and the square cloth are pink. Meanwhile, with each new color, a correspondingly hued triangle appears in the right margin. Uneven borders and freehand text also help lessen the severity of Boyd's planes of bold color. A few of these shades, however, are a bit off, or not the garden-variety tones kids associate with a given color: ``turquoise,'' for example, is actually closer to sky-blue; ``green'' seems more of an aqua. Still, preschoolers especially can respond to this basic concept book. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-- A young child and a lively dog romp through this introduction to colors. In the first-person narration, the youngster reports that black dog watches as he washes with a pink washcloth, eats in a yellow high chair, and builds with blocks by the blue couch. Finally, the mother says, ``Out,'' and opens the brown door. In all, 13 colors are named. The writing and illustrations are simple and perky. The protagonists appear in freeform cartoon shapes; the dog is all angles and points with a white circle around one eye (that jumps from one eye to the other), while the narrator is rounded, with expressive dot eyes, comma nose, and thin crescent or circular mouth. However, having breakfast in a high chair does not seem age appropriate for someone who plays so independently. Also, the text is somewhat repetitive and choppy. Despite its flaws, this concept book can be a useful and effective aid in teaching primary and secondary colors. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Carolyn Phelan
Accompanied by a playful black dog, a young child eats, builds with blocks, frolics in the backyard, and lies down for a nap. Boyd introduces her audience to a different color on each of 13 double-page spreads, generally using only that one color as background and wash for the spread's simple, stylized drawings that feature broad, black lines outlined in white. As each new color is introduced, a small triangle of that color is added to the vertical border that appears along the right edge of each spread. Graphically, the pages are eye-catching, and the forms have a pleasing sense of rhythm. While kindergartners may disdain reading about a kid who still eats in a highchair, younger children will find the book a pleasant introduction to colors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316104432
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 3/19/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years

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