Simon & Schuster, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
orking from the premise that a chameleon can change his colors to fit the environment he is in, Emily Gravett has created a clever and rather different transformational color concept book for children two years of age and up.
ake a look at the cover of this book and you'll notice that this is not a very happy chameleon. The poor fellow is lonely. As you turn the pages you'll see how he handles the dilemma of not having any friends.
hen he sees a banana, the chameleon turns yellow and curls his tail to resemble the fruit. He'll adapt like this throughout the book, which can be rather humorous considering he'll encounter a cockatoo, snail, cowboy boot, a striped sock, ball, fish, and grasshopper.
here's not a lot of text here, but besides the colors and introduction of shapes you'll find a subtle interplay between words and illustrations. At first I didn't care much for this story, but upon closer inspection and looking at it a couple of times I realized this was a pretty clever book. Also, sharing it with a child quickly made me realize that a toddler is not as critical as an adult. He loved it!
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