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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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REVIEW: The Twelve Laws of Santa Claus by Christopher Hogan Lay

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Title: The Twelve Laws of Santa Claus

Author: Christopher Hogan Lay | Illustrator: Christopher Hogan Lay

Publisher: Claus Laws, LLC | Published: December 12, 2012

Theme: Christmas and Life Principles 

Character Origin: Santa

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 68

Ages: 3-9 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

No more naughty list! The Twelve Laws of Santa Claus™ is an illustrated book for everyone of any age by Christopher Hogan Lay. Peace, Love, and Joy are just the beginning as the book reveals guidelines to help bring Christmas Spirit to the world all year long from the iconic and benevolent sage. Do you know The Twelve Laws Of Santa Claus?

My overall thoughts…

I can’t believe that Christmas is right around the corner. I’ve waited all year to dive into this book. To spend time with my family this holiday season, this was one of the few books that I read this month. The heartfelt message is one that will stay with you and your little one. I love that this book includes conversation starters. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle that we lose sight of the reason for the season. Hogan Lay brings the focus back to Christmas. 

The illustrations and text…

The font type and size make the text easy to read. My primary critique would be the illustrations. While they are vibrant and colorful, they had a psychedelic aspect that distracts from the quality of the text. A possible remedy could be dialing back on the color intensity/abstraction and adding more white space. There was no synergy with the wording and imagery. While I was able to appreciate the diversity of the Santas, I can see that being confusing to the reader. 

The text was the real highlight for me. The poetic prose was thoughtfully written and had a nice rhythmic flow. The message is veracious yet subtle enough that a child can understand–ingenious. The principles that Hogan Lay delineates set the groundwork for some intriguing conversations. This is a book that you and your kids are sure to enjoy.  

I’ll give it…