From School Library Journal
Gr 1-3–Alliteration and photography meet in this vibrant picture book. Gates and Cutting introduce hues such as “azure,” “byzantine,” “chartreuse,” “debian,” “ecru,” and “fandango” to begin the impressive vocabulary lesson. Each photo presents an alphabet-inspired sentence highlighting the palette of the first word found on each page. As “Taupe tortoises traipse the terrace timidly,” the reptilian subject is shown facing readers with a solemn gaze. While children learn that a “Yellow youthful yardbird yearns yucca,” the illustration displays a carving of a small bird contemplating a photograph of a favored plant. Subtle and playful, the image ranges from natural to contrived to fit within its confined color range. Branching out from the norm, this volume would fill in nicely as a vocabulary builder or story starter.–Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
is an Emmy award-winning art director. Working with off-beat colors every day, she wanted to create a book that introduced some of the cool alternative colors into the primary color world of children's books. She teamed up with her good friend of many years, photographer Ann Cutting, to produce this whimsical book that will appeal to all ages. Her favorite color in the book is byzantine. Gates lives in a Xanadu house with chartreuse chairs with her husband and two children, and a large taupe cat named George.Ann Cutting
, an award-winning conceptual photographer, earned a BA in biochemistry and cell biology from the UCSD and a BFA in photography from the Art Center College of Design. She is on the faculty at Art Center, teaches many workshops, and uses multiple photographic techniques including digital, toy, and large format cameras. She also likes to do science experiments with her kids, sail in Maine, and make ceramics. Her favorite color in the book is wisteria, because it smells so good.