Anderson, Airlie. Cat’s Colors. Airlie Anderson, Illus. Picture Book. Child’s Play, 08/2016. pp. $16.99. 978-1-84643-761-8. OUTSTANDING. GRADES Toddler-1.
A cat transforms a gray day into something colorful and miraculous. She collects colors from nature—a green leaf, a red rose, a blue pond, a purple butterfly, an orange sun, and the yellow moon. Then she disappears mysteriously, emerging again with a brilliant surprise. Anderson uses several layers of gouache to create the vibrant hues of her Kevin Henkes-influenced illustrations. Children will be entranced and delighted by this beautiful page-turner.
Katrina Bergen, Berkeley PL