What's Your Favorite Color?
What's Your Favorite Color?
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Annotation: Fifteen children's book artists, including Lauren Castillo, Frann Preston-Gannon, and Melissa Sweet, share their favorite colors and explain why they love them. This personal collection will inspire readers to create favorite-color drawings and stories of their own.
Genre: Physics
Catalog Number: #5904462
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Castillo, Lauren,, Collier, Bryan,, Curato, Mike,, Delessert, tienne,, Dewdney, Anna,, Lpez, Rafael,, Low, William,, Martin, Marc,, McElmurry, Jill,, Morales, Yuyi,, Preston-Gannon, Frann,, Shulevitz, Uri,, Stead, Philip Christian,, Sweet, Melissa,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8050-9614-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-8050-9614-9
Dewey: 535.6
LCCN: 2016953950
Dimensions: 30 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Carle and 14 other illustrators respond with words and art when prompted to identify their favorite colors. Carle loves the challenge of painting with yellow; Bryan Collier likes blue balloons; and purple reminds Anna Dewdney of a favorite outfit. Selections reflect flora (Jill McElmurry's black garden and Yuyi Morales' Mexican Pink bougainvillea flowers), fauna (Marc Martin's crimson rosella parrots and Frann Preston-Gannon's flaming orange tiger), and places (William Low's brown Bronx neighborhood, Melissa Sweet's Maine Morning Gray, Etienne Delessert's indigo-veiled Tuareg nomads, and Lauren Castillo's white snow). Some artists evade the question a bit (Raphael López calls gray unique, Philip Stead depicts numerous green items, and Uri Shulevitz chooses all colors), while Mike Curato goes for the important stuff nt chocolate chip ice cream. The art is appealing and frameworthy, reflecting the various styles of the creators, and the text ranges from poster art to paragraphs to poetry. An inspiring resource for sparking creativity, which will pair nicely with Carle's Draw Me a Star (1992).
Horn Book
Carle enlists a clutch of illustrators to answer the titular question. Mike Curato chooses mint ("I love mint chocolate chip ice cream"); Yuyi Morales, "Mexican pink" ("the color of bougainvillea flowers"); Uri Shulevitz, "all colors," because "a single color may feel lonely." The artists display their choices in a variety of media. Yes, it's something of a coffee-table book, but a beautiful one for sure.
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Carle's latest collection of compositions by artistic friends—assembled to support his eponymous museum—celebrates the splendor of color. The rainbow of stripes on the endpapers links this with Bill Martin Jr. and Carle's blockbuster, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, although here the brushstrokes are vertical. Carle leads with yellow sunshine, partially, he notes, because the color presents a process-related challenge, while Uri Shulevitz honors all colors in his concluding collage of architectural facades: "Because a single color may feel lonely." From William Low's Bronx brownstones and Etienne Delessert's surreal indigo nomad to Bryan Collier's rainy-day-blue balloons and the late Anna Dewdney's (now especially poignant) purple peacocks, 15 double-page spreads and a few accompanying sentences offer access to a diverse range of styles and personalities. A familiar-looking elephant adorns itself with green paint in Philip C. Stead's scene, which he accompanies with a poem. The white background of Yuyi Morales' crosshatched portrait of herself as a child presents a striking contrast to the "Mexican Pink" bougainvillea she holds. This title offers visual stimulation to the very young, a chance to explore a concept imaginatively with preschoolers, and, for older children, opportunities to converse about the styles and dispositions of illustrators they may recognize. There are no notes about the media, but this is a minor critique. A book certain to engross and enthrall. (biographies, photographs, websites) (Picture book. 2-8)
Word Count: 704
Reading Level: 3.9
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 194102 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD720L

Everybody has a favorite color. Some like blue balloons or brown buildings or mint green ice cream cones. Others prefer sunshine yellow, Maine morning gray, or Mexican pink. In What's Your Favorite Color? , fifteen beloved children's book artists draw their favorite colors and explain why they love them. This personal collection will undoubtedly inspire readers to create favorite color drawings and stories of their own! Contributors include: Eric Carle, Lauren Castillo, Bryan Collier, Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, Anna Dewdney, Rafael Lopez, William Low, Marc Martin, Jill McElmurry, Yuyi Morales, Frann Preston-Gannon, Uri Shulevitz, Philip C. Stead, Melissa Sweet


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