What a total charmer of a story! Michael Hall’s previous picture books have sold well over 100,000 copies and are well known for their strong design and colorful use of simple shapes. Here he branches out in a new direction to tell the story of a “red” crayon who always colors blue. Because of his label no one can see Red for who he really is—until a friend helps him find himself.
It’s witty and hilarious and poignant. There won’t be a parent or child who doesn’t identify with the all the off-the-mark comments that only serve to keep pigeonholing the young crayon incorrectly. This book is a great gift for the outsider and oddball in all of us.
When a red-labeled crayon discovers he’s actually blue, he finds joy, ebullience and acceptance.…Hall’s compositions…convey a strong sense of emotion….Smartly designed and appealing, Red’s story offers much for discussion and affirmation.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Crayon Red may be labeled red, but he colors blue….Once he lets go of his label and proclaims, ‘I’m blue!’ everything turns around . . . Smart design, bold colors, and sharp details keep the story both effective and amusing.”
— Horn Book Magazine
Readers will share the all the emotional elements of the tale—humor, despair, sadness, frustration, and finally, excitement.”
— Booklist (starred review)
“Red is a crayon, and children will see his problem right away: his label reads ‘red,’ but he’s blue….The overly cheerful encouragement Red endures will sound familiar to any child who’s struggled to perform….Unexpectedly affecting.”
— Publishers Weekly
Red: A Crayon’s Story (9780062252074) by Michael Hall. $17.99 hardcover. 2/3/15 on sale.