The Mixed-Up Chameleon

by Eric Carle (Author) Eric Carle (Illustrator)

The Mixed-Up Chameleon
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
The chameleon's life was not very exciting until the day it discovered it could change not only its color but its shape and size, too. When it saw the wonderful animals in the zoo, it immediately wanted to be like them -- and ended up like "all" of them at once -- with hilarious results.
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Publishers Weekly

Collages in festive hues illustrate this story of a chameleon that learns to change not only his colors but his shape and his dreams as well. Ages 4-8. (February)
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 ( 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.
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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date
February 19, 1988
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002260 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Zoos
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV009020 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Colors
JUV009060 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Size & Shape
Library of Congress categories
Toy and movable books

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