Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall {Review}

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Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall {Review}Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall

Illustrator: Michael Hall
Find the Author: Website
Also by this author: Cat Tale, It's an Orange Aardvark!, Frankencrayon
ISBN: 0062252070
Genres: Juvenile Fiction, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings
Published by Greenwillow Books on February 3rd 2015
Pages: 40
Format: ARC, Jacketed Hardcover
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A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in the new picture book by the New York Times-bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark! Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way. Red will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit, and makes a great gift for readers of any age!
Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let's draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can't be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He's blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone!

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Cat Tale was my introduction to Michael Hall and I have been entertained by him since in It’s an Orange Aardvark! and no doubt I fully enjoy Red: A Crayon’s Story.

My first suggestion on reading this book, is to do so in a well lit room. The black background and thin crayon type font make things difficult to see otherwise (but then that’s just me and lamps for bedtime stories…).

I look at the cover and see a blue sky and a red crayon. It never occurred to me that it was the red crayon drawing in blue… This is a neat story, full of points to jump into conversation about school supplies and colors, even the color wheel and varying shades of those primary ones. But it is more than that too. This book can bring out dialogue about being different and about being who you are rather than what everyone else thinks you’re suppose to be. Definitely intriguing.


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About Michael Hall

Michael Hall grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon’s Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It’s an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall now lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota—another city that shimmers in the fall.

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