Colors with Little Fish

Candlewick. Sept. 2019. 24p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781536206111.
Baby-Toddler–Little Fish embarks on a color-finding adventure deep in the sea. Focusing on a single color, each spread includes correspondingly colored coral and other sea life. A pair of hand-painted rhyming lines encourages the reader in this game of I-spy. The adventure ends when Little Fish finds orange Mommy Fish. Black outlines of irregular width enclose bold, cartoonish sea creatures. Rendered in her characteristic gauche, Cousins’s artwork has a slapdash quality that the youngest readers may find relatable, but adults may overlook as juvenile. Little Fish as a character is so small that they are barely noticeable. Because of this, the text reads as if the reader were the first-person voice: “I can spot the color brown.” Still, the text reads easily and invites participation from young readers.
VERDICT For reader engagement and participation, this book is recommended for most collections.

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