A powerhouse picture book about friendship for 0-3 year olds of either gender, which is big on impact and short on words.
Published: June 2014
RRP: $14.99, 32 pp
What the back cover says:
A bit of red here. A bit of red there. A bit of red… HEY! You’re colouring on my side! This bit of the book is for BLUE. So begins a colourful squabble that takes an unexpected turn – with a funny, feel-good ending!
I’m not sure what it is about crayons, but two of the best picture books released recently have featured crayons as the chief characters – this one, and another brilliant book, The Day the Crayons Quit.
Crayon is particularly suited to a younger audience, because there’s little text and the pictures are large and vibrant.
Did I mention how few words there are? It always amazes me how picture book writers and illustrators manage to convey so much, with so few words.
In this case, Simon Rickerty, has managed to use less than 100 words to convey a lovely message about the true nature of friendship and ‘playing nice’. Less than 100 words! You try doing that at home with a three year old!
About the author:
Simon Rickerty wrote and illustrated Crayon and The Peanut, and he also illustrated I Don’t Want to Be a Pea and I Am Not a Copycat! He has a degree in art and design from the London College of Communication and earned a Masters Degree in illustration at the Royal College of Art. He lives in rural Bedfordshire, UK.
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