I was recently given the chance to read the debut children's book, The Colourblind Chameleon by author, Laura Kantor and illustrator, 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!
This is the story of a chameleon who lives deep in the Amazon among other chameleons. His only problem is he is not like any other chameleons and gets made fun of. When other chameleons have turned green to hide from predators he instead turns purple and yellow. When others have turned black and hiding in the darkness of night, he turns bright colors and is like a beacon. What is he to do?
He decides to set off on a journey and discovers something that has been lost by humans that allows him to be different. In the process of it, he learns to have a good time and his friends learn that it is nice to be different sometimes too!
This adorable 32 page book is mostly a picture book but can be easily read by the emerging reader.
A few pages are arranged in such a way that early readers may get confused as to where to look next on the page for words. So, I do recommend a parent or other good reader be available for guidance if necessary.
The illustrations are muted in color but are perfect for a different kind of chameleon who is trying hard to fit in.
Recommendations for the book is ages 2-7 years old and this book fits well for that age range.
This book gets 4 stars from me.
About the author and illustrator:
Laura Kantor up in Coventry, England, 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 teaming up with Sarah Ray who was the perfect illustrator to bring her stories to life.
Sarah Ray 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 cards which she sells across the UK.
Where to find:
Squidgy Face Books
Sarah Ray's Cards
This blog is also part of the Mother, Daughter & Son Book Blast.