Except the Color Grey

photos by author. unpaged. CIP. Tundra. 2011. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-77049-284-4. LC 2011920223.
PreS-Gr 1—Alda explores her favorite hues, featuring vivid photographs and bright, color-centric pages. Each one has its merits, according to the author, except "dreary dark" grey. The images are visually engaging and show a predominately urban setting. To describe the pictures, the author includes a short rhyme about each color and where it can be found; the final rhyme that delivers a surprise conclusion is awkward to read aloud. With so many color books on the market, this is an adequate, though not outstanding, addition to existing collections.—Nicole Waskie-Laura, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY
A nameless narrator tries to pick a favorite color, but "it's very hard to say." The strength of this concept book is photographer Alda's crisp pictures of, among other colorful images, a city block of bright-hued apartment façades, vivid red flowers, and lush green grass. Somewhat shakier is her rhyming text with a twist ending that doesn't pack much of a punch.

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