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REVIEW: This Book Is Gray by Lindsay Ward

Title: This Book Is Gray

Author: Lindsay Ward | Illustrator: Lindsay Ward

Publisher: Two Lions | Published: December 1, 2019

Theme: Inclusivity

Character Origin: Crayons and Animals

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 40

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

Gray just wants to be included. But the other colors are always leaving him out. So he decides to create his own project: an all-gray book. Once upon a time, there lived a wolf, a kitten, and a hippo…

Gray just knows it’s going to be perfect. But as he adds page after page, the Primary and Secondary colors show up…and they aren’t quite so complimentary.

A book within a book, this colorful tale explores the ideas of fitting in, appreciating others, and looking at things from another perspective and also uses personality and wit to introduce basic color concepts.

My overall thoughts…

It’s been a while, but I’m finally back doing what I love to do–reviewing books. This gem popped up on my Kindle Unlimited page, and I added it to my library. What a great decision that was! Ward exceeded my expectations. I loved her use of crayons to express being different visually. Ingraining this message into a child’s early development can create a monumental shift in how they view and interact with the world. It can also synthesize empathy within them that deters them from behaving in that way.

The illustrations and text…

The font size and type throughout were easy to read. The thought bubbles offered a clean aesthetic and added a nice touch to the overall book. They also added a conversational quality that I enjoyed, and I’m sure other readers will too. The illustrations were created digitally. The color palette contained both colorful and muted expressions, which you’ll appreciate when you read it. The color glossary at the beginning will prove useful to the reader as different terms are introduced. I’ve never seen color explained this way and it’s pretty cool. It is also a great book to practice color recognition with younger readers too. This Book is Gray is a book that I’ll be recommending to my family and friends.

I’ll give it…

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