What's Your Favorite Color? (Eric Carle and Friends' What's Your Favorite)

by Eric Carle (Author)

What's Your Favorite Color? (Eric Carle and Friends' What's Your Favorite)

Everybody has a favorite color. Some like blue balloons or brown buildings or mint green ice cream cones. Others prefer sunshine yellow, Maine morning gray, or Mexican pink.

In What's Your Favorite Color?, fifteen beloved children's book artists draw their favorite colors and explain why they love them. This personal collection will undoubtedly inspire readers to create favorite color drawings and stories of their own!

Contributors include: Eric Carle, Lauren Castillo, Bryan Collier, Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, Anna Dewdney, Rafael Lopez, William Low, Marc Martin, Jill McElmurry, Yuyi Morales, Frann Preston-Gannon, Uri Shulevitz, Philip C. Stead, Melissa Sweet

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School Library Journal

Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2--Carle and 14 other picture book artists share their favorite colors through memories, poems, and child-friendly snippets in this collection of testimonials. Despite the emphasis on the visuals, text and illustrations in each spread are equally strong. From Philip C. Stead's gentle ode to the many shades of green to Jill McElmurry's tactile imagining of a cool black garden, the entries each offer different perspectives. A few contributors provide insight into the artistic process by speaking to the properties of the colors they admire. Carle loves -the challenge- of yellow, which muddies immediately if mixed with another color. Melissa Sweet lauds the many moods of the color gray, while Rafael LÓpez appreciates the way in which the hue works in harmony with other colors. Other artists express simple statements of affection that will resonate with child audiences. Mike Curato's joyous illustration of a raccoon holding a cone piled high with ice cream that's his favorite color, mint (as in mint chocolate chip), is a unique take that will get budding artists thinking outside the box. Though the focus is on individual colors, the illustrations are far from monochromatic. Carle's bright yellow sun smiling on a white background is more the exception than the rule: William Low's busy Bronx streets glow with myriad tans, beiges, and deep chocolates of brick buildings, and Lauren Castillo's thick oil paints depict a tangible frosting of white snow over the deep greens and blues of a forest night scene. VERDICT A creative collection to savor one-on-one or to spark classroom art and writing exercises.--Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Hennepin County Library, MN Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"A book certain to engross and enthrall." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on What's Your Favorite Color?

"A creative collection to savor one-on-one or to spark classroom art and writing exercises." —School Library Journal, starred review, on What's Your Favorite Color?

"From thought-provoking to lyrical... audiences will love to chime in with their own choices." —The Bulletin, on What's Your Favorite Color?

"A varied and engaging omnibus that offers real insight into the lives and personalities of these artists." —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on What's Your Favorite Animal?

"Showcasing 14 contemporary (mainly American) picture-book illustrators, this handsome volume asks the title question and devotes a double-page spread to each artist's answer." —Booklist, on What's Your Favorite Animal?

"This menagerie offers picture-book lovers of all ages a glimpse into each creator's style, personality, and brand of humor." —Kirkus Reviews, on What's Your Favorite Animal?

Eric Carle
Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has been translated into 70 languages and sold over 55 million copies. Carle illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 170 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2003, Carle received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now called the Children's Literature Legacy Award) for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 2002, Eric and his wife, Barbara, cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, Massachusetts, a 40,000-square-foot space dedicated to the celebration of picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world, underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form. Eric Carle passed away in May 2021 at the age of 91. His work remains an important influence on artists and illustrators at work today. www.eric-carle.com
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Henry Holt & Company
Publication date
May 20, 2017
Eric Carle and Friends' What's Your Favorite
BISAC categories
JNF006000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Art | General
JNF013020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Concepts | Colors
Library of Congress categories
Color in art

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