From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–A large black crow is rejected by smaller, more colorful birds for being too scary. When he paints his feathers to resemble each of them in turn, he ends up creeping out the little birds even more. Finch, Parakeet, and Chickadee are ultimately relieved to see the big black crow who they think has frightened away the strange-looking newcomers, and they form a friendship with him based on this assumption. Between the friendship based on a lie, the equating of black with bad, Crow's self-esteem problem, and the awkward translation, the only thing this book has going for it is the attractive art. The vibrant and expressive acrylic cartoons on clean white backgrounds are eye-catching and exciting. However, the illustrations don't compensate for the story's negative messages and thin humor.Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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In this simple yet inventive—and beautifully illustrated—lesson about prejudice imported from Belgium, big, black, scary Crow is the odd man out in a place where all the other birds seem petite and brightly feathered. Crow tries to fit in by painting his feathers to resemble the others but instead scares them off. When Crow’s tears wash away the paint, making him black again, three birds approach, mistakenly believing that his impersonations were hideous birds and that Crow has scared them off. The three become Crow’s instant friends. The luminescent illustrations in vivid acrylics featuring Crow and the colorful birds against stark white backgrounds create an eye-catching crispness that will draw readers into the charming story. Combine with Chris Raschka’s Little Black Crow (2010), also about a goofy-looking black bird that doesn’t fit in, or try Raschka’s Yo! Yes? (1993) for a different take on prejudice. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos