Thursday, June 7, 2012

Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

Rating: 5 stars

What's with lonely and sad chameleons?  Why are these books finding their way into my library bag?

Luckily Pete the Cat balances out the blues.  More on him later...

Emily Gravett brings this (figuratively and literally) blue chameleon to life with few words and many soft, creative sketches.  Her chameleon is blue because he doesn't have any friends.  He tries to make friends with some funny characters--a snail, a sock, a banana.  Each time, the chameleon changes, as only chameleons with quirky artists behind them can, into that possible friend.  Let me show, rather than tell:
"Can I hang out with you?"
He's about to give up--turning all pale and page-like--until a voice calls out..."Hello?"  And then:

"Hello!"  "Hi!"

And together they are colorful.  The pictures are amazing and I'm sure the story extra meaningful for those kids who are still looking for a best friend.

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