The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings

Anna Llenas. Sterling, $19.95 (20p) ISBN 978-1-4549-1729-8
A pigtailed, paper cutout girl assists a scribbly, googly-eyed monster in sorting his mixed-up emotions, represented by different colors, into jars. Sadness, no surprise, is blue; in the accompanying tableau, the monster sits with the girl on her bed, while twined string creates “rain” falling from pop-up clouds. When the monster is angry, he “blazes bright red,” and when he is calm, he turns green as he reclines in a pop-up hammock. Despite the odd and potentially unhealthy message about bottling up one’s emotions, Lllenas’s emphasis is on identifying emotions over constraining them, and a closing scene emphasizes that love can’t be contained. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/28/2015
Release date: 09/01/2015
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 978-84-945042-3-5
Board Books - 20 pages - 978-84-946035-7-0
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