Laura Vaccaro Seeger has been called "the queen of the concept book by The Horn Book and is the winner of many awards including two Caldecott Honors, two Geisel Honors, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Her books include The First Egg, One Boy, Green, and the Dog and Bear series.
Having expertly explored letters in The Hidden Alphabet, Seeger now turns her attention to colors, again using die-cuts to great effect, neatly revealing objects with correct and incorrect hues. The book begins with the title statement (the line is reused with different objects and colors throughout) on a yellow spread; a die-cut opening in a lemon shape, on the right, allows the red hue below to show through. When readers turn the page, they discover that the red shade is part of an apple, while the die-cut lemon shape, now on the left, appears in its proper yellow, from the previous spread ("Lemons are yellow/ Apples are red"). The heavy brushstrokes that Seeger applies to the backgrounds and objects add pleasingly tactile textures to the otherwise simple, cutout shapes. Other color pairs show a gray flamingo that turns its proper pink next to an elephant's profile, and blue grass (of the non-twangy variety) that becomes green next to a cloud-swept blue sky. After revealing the moon to be silver and the night to be black in the penultimate scene, the light of a die-cut window in a small country cottage goes dark as readers turn the page and the text bids them "Good night!" Vaccaro once more delivers a compositionally faultless primer. Ages 2-5. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"This creatively designed volume combines an introduction to colors with a bedtime story" --Booklist"Vaccaro once more delivers a compositionally faultless primer." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The creator of The Hidden Alphabet (Roaring Brook, 2003) offers another visual treat.... Illustrated with richly colored yet simple oil paintings, this offering will delight preschoolers." --School Library Journal "The heavy paper should stand up to multiple readings and pokings.... the colors and textures are nearly edible." --Horn Book"Seeger has done marvelous things with her brushwork, from impasto to shimmering smoothness...Clever, imaginative, and utterly beguiling." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Cleverly designed concept book uses brilliant colors and die-cuts." --American Library Association"Kids will adore righting the wrongs of carrots painted purple and flamingos gone gray." --Child Magazine Best Book of 2004"Artfully placed and shaped die-cuts lead toddlers into an interactive world of bright colors." --New York Public Library Best Book for Giving and Sharing, 2004