- File Size: 13337 KB
- Print Length: 38 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Single Drop Publishing (September 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N9P5VES
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,651,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Kaitlyn loved the cover and immediately interpreted the crossed out crayon to mean that she needed to color in the book. Usually, this would give me so much stress: to have her 'ruin' a book by coloring in it. But, I've been practicing letting go lately, and I was happy that the cover inspired her and excited her enough to engage with the book. Plus she colored only on the inside title page, so that made it a little better (for me).
The story was engaging and simple enough for Kaitlyn to follow: Amy is having things go wrong in her life and they all have to do with the color red. Amy wishes to never see red again, but then realizes that she's missing out on things when her wish comes true.
The hand-drawn illustrations are such a nice touch, and I like that they make this book unique. The story was fun to read and Kaitlyn liked it so much that she requested I read No More Red again right away, which is rare for her. I liked that this book is fun but also has a subtle message.
We've read and enjoyed Bonnie Ferrante's books before and look forward to her next story!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Having said that, I do feel at times, there are too many illustrations on one page, particularly on a couple pages where the words almost fade into invisibility, as they are surrounded by images, with little room left over for reading. Additionally, I did find that some of the images seemed out of place for a kids’ book (a gasoline container and a lit match, specifically, though in the author’s defense, these are indeed both red). I also found it a bit jarring at times that the red pictures were rarely connected to the actual text, other than that these were red items. For example, on the page discussing red balloons and a party, it was particularly startling that there were no actual balloons on the page.
Despite this, I do believe that young children will particularly enjoy this story, as it is bright and colorful and Amy’s adventures with the color red are quite entertaining.
A simple but effective story that teaches children two lessons: 1) things are not always as they seem, and 2) be careful what you wish for. Amy is an energetic young girl who decides that she no longer likes the color red because the sticky, wet ketchup has stained and ruined her new blue dress. She associates the color red with a string of things that she doesn't like: for example, the color of the dog's tongue that stole her ice cream and the red scratch on her knee when she falls off her bicycle. That night Amy wishes on a star never to see the color red again.
On the following day, which happens to be Amy's birthday, everything that should be red at her party appears white. She can't see the red fire truck, the red balloons or the clown's red nose. Amy decides that maybe she overreacted. When the time comes to blow out the birthday candles, Amy makes another wish. Will Amy forever hate the color red? Can she live in a colorless world?
This book accurately reflects the ways in which a young child thinks and views the world. I love the author's choice of such a variety of red objects (98 in all). Objects range from flags and holiday symbols to food and animals. All of these are listed at the end of the book. Adults can make this a game of common object recognition.
I recommend this book highly for preschool and early elementary age children either as a read aloud or a beginning reader. This particular book is available in kindle and paperback. The author has written a variety of books for children and young adults. Check them out.
To review the Text I needed two hats:1 “Mother/Grandmother” and 2 “Infant Teacher.” Under the first hat I required an Encyclopaedia to hand because the 7 to 8 year olds that I know would be ready to bombard me with an avalanche of questions with or without pop ups. This may not apply to readers in Canada and U.S.A. who may recognise the flora and fauna but when it comes to a global market this point may need to be considered.
This book contains a bonanza of ideas for teachers. I can think of all kinds of projects for an inquisitive class of small children. My favourite is the Butterfly page with the beautiful illustrations. The references to healthy eating could be controversial, mainly because experts change their minds or come up with new ideas on a regular basis.
Bullying is also a complicated issue. There are studies to show that bullies at school may have been abused and even tortured at home. So even though we are pleased that Rudolf is chosen by Father Christmas, it is sad for the other reindeers who are not chosen and we don’t know why they are bullies.
In my opinion, truth and transparency are important and as adults we know that wishes and counter wishes only rarely come true. I am not sure if this is a fairy/fantasy story or a modern day child lit? Whatever it is, this book has inspired me to think more deeply about educational issues.
I congratulate the author on the amount of information she has included in this delightful book. I wish her well for the future.