Chameleon can turn himself into anything and appear to fit in anywhere, but it seems that neither the swirly snail, the green grasshopper nor the striped sock want to be friends. Will he ever find someone to talk to? Someone just like him?
With a subtle and witty interplay between words and illustrations this introduction to colors and shapes (and chameleons!) is sure to delight kids of all ages.
This book is all about the illustrations. Emily Gravett’s beautifully pencil-drawn chameleon changes not only his coloring but his posture as well to mimic the appearance of other similarly-shaped things—so many creative and unexpected pairings. A bit sad and lonely as the story opens, the hopeful chameleon goes through a whole rainbow of color in his quest to find a friend.
Blue Chameleon is inventive, fun, and easy to laugh at. Like many of Emily Gravett’s innovative books, it’s also great for little ones who are just starting to read. The sparse text paired with clever illustrations creates a book that is quick to read, but requires the reader to do most of the work making connections—something I think is perfect for reading with little ones.
Emily Gravett was born in Brighton, England, the second daughter of a printmaker and an art teacher. She left school at 16 and travelled the UK for eight years, living in a big green bus with her partner and their daughter. After returning to Brighton to take up an art degree, Emily sprang into the limelight with the ground-breaking Wolves in 2005, which won her the Macmillan Prize for Illustration, followed by a book deal and the first of her Kate Greenaway Medals. Wolves was followed by such brilliant modern classics as Orange Pear Apple Bear, Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, Again! and the exquisite Tidy. Each book is unique and different from the last – and each features endearing, beautifully drawn characters that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. Emily now lives in Brighton with her family. When not working in her studio, she might be found walking the dog, watering the tomatoes or driving the family’s restored 1960s bus.