Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for This Book is Gray written and illustrated by Lindsay Ward. It recently released in November 2019. Special thanks to Two Lions/Amazon Publishing and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Please sure to read the front endpapers and the title page first, for readers discover that Gray wants to be included in the rainbow, but sadly, gray is not one of the featured colors. Feeling dejected, he decides to write his own book aptly titled, This Book is Gray.
Gray proceeds to write a story about wolf, a kitten, and a hippo and draw all the illustrations in (you guessed it)…gray! Gray is so proud until the Primary colors pay him a visit and are critical of his color scheme. The Secondary colors join the Primary colors interrupting Gray’s storytelling with comments which slowly pushes Gray over the edge. Unable to remain calm, Gray finally tells (well, actually yells to) all the colors his true feelings about being left out and how gray is really a cool color.
After Gray honestly shares how he feels, all the colors show empathy for him. They offer Gray their apologies and best of all, they collaborate together to make the book both gray AND Pcolorful. In the end, Gray gets the last word stating his book is pretty GRAYt! (get it?)
This Book is Gray is a story full of humor and heart. While readers will chuckle at the many puns and the story within the story of the kitten, wolf, and hippo, children also feel empathetic with Gray’s situation. During my read aloud to my #classroombookaday students, a few children remarked that the colors were being mean to Gray and how they felt sad for him. When the colors and Gray worked together to fix and finish the book, students cheered and expressed their happiness that all the colors saw that Gray is indeed a pretty cool color.
Ward’s illustrations and page layout is visually appealing to young readers. The colors are adorably drawn adorned with hats, rosy cheeks, and other fun accessories. The witty dialogue is written in speech bubbles. Be sure to visit the front endpapers again, for Ward has included a glossary for basic color concepts to accompany her color wheel diagram.
Praise for This Book is Gray!
“This book is a fun introduction to color theory that may inspire children to use more gray in their artwork and remind them to include friends who are left out.”
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One lucky winner will receive a copy of This Book is Gray, courtesy of Two Lions/Amazon (U.S. addresses only). There are now multiple ways to enter the giveaway.
- Follow me @lauramossa on Twitter and retweet my This Book is Gray giveaway tweet.
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This giveaway is open from December 6, 2019-December 13, 2019 and ends at 10:00 p.m. EST. Winner will be announced on December 14, 2019.