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Very imaginative illustrations
on 21 February 2010
Emily Gravett draws fantastic pictures that kids and parents will really enjoy looking at and talking about. A chameleon comes across various animals and objects, and tries to be friends with them by not only changing colour but also trying to mimic their shapes.
You see the object/animal on the right, and the chameleon's effort on the left. There's a lot of humour in seeing a chameleon do it's best to contort itself into the shape of a banana, for instance - there's a lot of visual humour as well as bundles of colour and character.
There's very little words, which totally works for what is a very visually-based book.
The theme is one of being true to yourself - individuality - as the animals he meets don't really know what to make of him (I use the male gender to describe the creature, but there is no gender specified in the book) as he tries his best to fit in with them. Eventually when he meets another chameleon, they are both so excited that their patterns go absolutely haywire.
- good quality hardback
- very good reproductions of the illustrations
- very few words. 'Probably' best suited for two to three year-olds, but the visually-minded will enjoy it whatever age they are.
I love this book, and so does my two-year-old nephew. If you're good at entertaining a child, there's plenty to work on here... 5 stars.