Color Chaos!


Color Chaos!

Written by Lynn Rowe Reed

Illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed


Holiday House, 2010, 32 pp., $16.95

ISBN: 9780823422579      (ages: 5-9)

Rating: HR                           Genre: Modern Fantasy


Color Chaos! is a fabulous book full of color and beautiful artwork. Reed does a great job of making the story fun and relatable to children of all ages. Mr. Greystone bans crayons at school after the students draw over the photos of him. Not only does he ban crayons, but all art supplies. When he throws the supplies away, the colors devise a plan of escape. Maurice Coleur, a famous illustrator, comes to the school to give a presentation and is shocked at how “gray” the school is. The colors work together to form the color wheel by separating themselves into primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. They escape when Maurice Coleur faints when he discovers the colors are gone from his paintings and hits his head on the trash can containing them.

At the end of the book, Reed has a lesson about colors titled, “Mr. Coleur’s Lesson on Color.” It is a lesson on how to form a color wheel and how all of the colors work together to form other colors and shades. She also gives a vocabulary lesson on different words associated with colors. (Trade Book)


Reviewer:           Alyssa Gibson

                                Pre-Service Teacher

                                Early Childhood Education


Suggested Themes:        Art