cover image Color Play! An Interactive Pop Art Book

Color Play! An Interactive Pop Art Book

Romero Britto. Little Simon, $10.99 (12p) ISBN 978-1-4169-9622-4

With thick black outlines and vibrant patterns, Britto's bold artwork creates hip and lively farmyard scenes starring animals and objects that have lost some of their color; readers can supply the missing color by dropping 12 press-out cardboard pieces between the pages, Connect Four–style. Unfortunately, it just doesn't work that well. Difficult to both insert and remove, the squarish pieces have to be forced through the slots and often get stuck between the pages before they can actually fill in the cutouts. Frustrated readers will likely set aside this otherwise clever concept book that falls short in its execution. Ages 2–5. (Apr.)