Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
In snappy couplets ... and big, scribbly drawings ... a red-headed moppet conducts a rollicking show-and-tell of colors and their associations.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A dozen crayons, each being true to their respective colors, talk to a little girl as she draws pictures. Ages 4-7. (May) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Kids first introduction to using color is probably with their crayons. The idea that colors can bring to mind certain ideas is presented in this vividly illustrated poem. Images of a little girl with a very large crayon feature certain colors. Purple shouts bubble gum. Brown sings mud pie day. Blue, yellow, gold and silver join the collection of crayons that speak. The illustrations are lots of fun--whimsical and childlike. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-If crayons could talk, what would they say, and how would they say it? Clever cartoons and rhymes have 12 crayons shouting, hooting, asking, and roaring. "Silver toots, `Grand,/Marching band' " and "Green yells, `Fun!/Watch me run.' " While the action is child-appealing and tickles the funny bone, the gouache, acrylic, and crayon drawings are muted rather than crayon-bright. Children will enjoy the book nonetheless, and it's a perfect vehicle for language and art activities. Be sure to have Mary O'Neill's Hailstones and Halibut Bones (Doubleday, 1989) available for those who want more in a similar vein.-Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Reading about crayons will never rival actually coloring with them; nevertheless, here's a book of simple rhymes about what crayons "say" to a small girl: "Brown sings, `Play,/Mud-pie day./' Blue calls, `Sky,/Swing so high.' " It's a playful idea, executed with verses keyed to the lives of preschoolers. The two-linerstwo or three words eachhave little rhythm or imagery to recommend them, but like jump-rope rhymes, they will inspire chanting along. Karas's pictures depict comically fleshed-out stick-figures swinging in the clouds, confronting owls, and staring down ghosts.