IT’S A GREAT BIG COLORFUL WORLD
By: Tom Schamp
Published: March 17, 2020
Publisher: Prestel Junior
The book begins with Otto the cat looking out on a particularly grey day. The double-paged spread features all kinds of things that are grey including the biggest land animal (an elephant, of course), grey clouds, fog is grey, and the cozy grey house that the goats live in. In amongst the grey, there are reminders that other colors exist including the sky above the clouds is always blue. The next page features items that are black and white, the two colors that make grey.
Then suddenly the pages burst with color starting with yellow, then orange, red, pink, blue, green, brown and finally all the colors. The pages are set up much like a Richard Scarry type of book with pictures of items and the words or sentences to describe them.
Parents will love all the witty puns on the pages and children will love looking for Otto the cat and his friend Leon the chameleon on the pages. This is a book that will take many times of reading to find everything on the pages. My favorite is the orange page featuring the Bengal tiger. Children can learn a little bit about the colors and the items on the page and stay busy for awhile looking for all the items on the pages.
This is perfect for preschool and kindergarten-aged children. It’s a great way to learn their colors or word and picture identification. The illustrations are absolutely stunning and kids will be drawn to the pages. I highly recommend this one.
Tom Schamp is a renowned Belgian illustrator. After extensive studies at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design, he developed a style of his own using acrylic paint upon cardboard. Schamp designs for a rich mixture of media including children’s books, newspapers, postcards, and toys. To see all of his books, click HERE.
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