About the Book
Author: Laura Kantor
Illustrator: Sarah Ray
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Independent – Squidgy Face Books
Number of pages: 32
Recommended age: 2 to 7
Once there was a very special chameleon… The Colourblind Chameleon is the debut title from up and coming author/illustrator duo Laura Kantor and Sarah Ray. This is a colourful and imaginative tale of a chameleon who doesn’t fit in with the rest. He realises that it’s not just good to be different… it’s a lot more fun! Delight in the rhyming verses, vibrant colours and hilarious drawings as you are taken on a wonderful journey with a special little chameleon (wearing fabulous pants).
My Thoughts: The Colourblind Chameleon is a bright, colourful rhyming picture book featuring a most unusual chameleon who does not do what is expected of chameleons; that is, to change colours to match his environment. When this chameleon changes colour, the result is that he stands out rather than blend in! For example, instead of blending into the dark at night, this chameleon “lights up the night as bright as the sun.” Realizing that he is in danger, he begins a journey to find a place where his bright colours will go unnoticed and he will feel at home with his surroundings. You’ll have to read the book to discover where the chameleon finally calls home.
I love the basic concept and the underlying message of the story. When we are introduced to the chameleon, we learn that he is colourblind. That is, he perceives his environment differently from the rest of the chameleons thus changes to unusual colours and patterns. I thought this was very clever and amusing and I think children will think it is silly to see this chameleon stand out like a sore thumb. But, importantly, he does eventually find an environment more suited to his unusual and expected colour changes. This reinforces the lesson that we need to stay true to ourselves, and that with patience and perseverance, we can all find a place in the world.
This book provides a very entertaining introduction to the basic characteristics of a chameleon. For example, the book explains that chameleons change colours to match their environment, and goes on to describe how our little chameleon was in danger from predators because he was making himself stand out with his strange colour changes. My only question mark with regards to the educational value of the book is that there is at least two animals portrayed that do not co-exist with chameleons in the Amazon (i.e., the setting of the story): bears and elephants. Of course, this could be a discussion point for parents or teachers to highlight (i.e., Which of the animals in the story would you find in the Amazon jungle?).
The illustrations by Sarah Ray are bright, colourful, and filled with whimsy. They remind me of Sandra Boynton’s style of illustration. I think children will love flipping through the pages, spotting the added text, reading the speech bubbles, and poring over the many details in each individual image. I absolutely loved the illustrations and I think young children will also enjoy them.
My Bottom Line: The Colourblind Chameleon is a delightful rhyming picture book featuring a unique and unusual main character, colourful and whimsical illustrations, and an important underlying message about staying true to who you are and finding your place in the world. I recommend this lovely book to parents, teachers, and librarians for children ages 2 years and older.
“This is a lovely book for children ….. Fun and bright, educational and with an underlying message……. It great that it teaches children about a chameleon changing colour and it also teaches children that it’s OK to be different ! I love it ! The illustrations are fabulous too…… Funny and colourful.” ~ 5 Star Review, diamondlil, Amazon
“An excellent debut. Engaging story with captivating illustrations. Good to see a childrens story with a real positive message.” ~ 5 Star Review, Lucy, Goodreads
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About the Author: Laura Kantor
Laura Kantor up in Coventry, England, but has spent the last few years living overseas in Canada, Australia and now Singapore. In her free time she loves to travel, bake and write (of course). With a job in marketing, project management and a love for writing lists, Laura decided to self publish her own stories, and set up Squidgy Face Books in 2013 (www.squidgyfacebooks.com), teaming up with Sarah Ray who was the perfect illustrator to bring her stories to life. A year of very late nights and extremely long weekends later and their first release, The Colourblind Chameleon is ready to bring some colour and fun to squidgy faces around the world.
About the Illustrator: Sarah Ray
Sarah Ray, the illustrator of The Colourblind Chameleon grew up in the Herefordshire countryside where she gathered lots of inspiration for her drawings. Animals feature frequently in her work and she enjoys giving them human attributes. This is Sarah’s first children’s book, after working with a variety of clients on commissioned illustration. She also has her own range of award winning greeting’s cards which she sells across the UK, http:// www.sarahray.co.uk
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