THIS BOOK IS GRAY
By: Lindsay Ward
Published: November 1, 2019
Publisher: Two Lions
This book is a story within a story, and I think kids are really going to love it. It reminds me a bit of the book THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT. Gray is tired of being left out of everything, like rainbows. Nobody wants to include him because he isn’t a “real” color. So Gray decides to make the GRAYtest book ever…only with the color gray.
As Gray starts to share the story, the primary and secondary colors show up and want to be a part of the story. They are critical of Gray’s story saying it’s too dark and boring, without even knowing what the story is about. The colors are constantly interrupting him and trying to change his story and it’s quite hysterical. Eventually the achromatic colors…black and white…show up and try to fit into Gray’s story and mess it all up…or do they?
I really think kids and parents will enjoy this story. It would make for a great read-aloud with all the different colors interjecting into the story all the time. This book also shares an important message seeing things from a different perspective and that need to fit in when maybe what you need to do is stand out. You might think a story about the color Gray would be sad but this story is witty and smart and left a smile on my face. I can’t wait to read it aloud in one of the classrooms I sub in this winter.
Lindsay Ward is the creator of the Dexter T. Rexter series as well as Brobarians, Rosco vs. the Baby, and The Importance of Being 3. Her book Please Bring Balloons was also made into a play. Lindsay lives in Peninsula, Ohio, with her family. Gray is one of her favorite colors. Learn more about her online at www.lindsaymward.com.
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