Children’s Picture Book: Red: A Crayon’s Story – Michael Hall

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.

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