Title: Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color
Author/Illustrator: Julia Denos
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
Today’s book was given to my girls a couple of years ago at Christmas by my friend Alok and his dear wife, Stephanie. Steph is a picture book aficionado like myself (also, fun fact: we share a birthday!) so I was super-excited when she said that she picked out a few books she liked for my girls.
(Spoiler alert: they were all excellent.)
Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color is, in some ways, more like a poem than a story, set to amazingly expressive, colourful art.
The text is sparse on many pages (with a few denser sections here and there). The story tells the tale of Swatch, a girl who tames colours. She loves all colours and has learned to catch them in jars. In fact, she manages to catch them all…except Yellowest Yellow.
Swatch asks Yellowest Yellow if she might put him in a jar, but he politely declines. And, although Swatch could’ve ignored and caught him anyway, she respects his decision.
Swatch is rewarded with a wild yellow ride. She realizes that her colours aren’t meant to be kept in jars, so she frees them all and they create a masterpiece.
My girls love this book because:
1. They like to imagine themselves as a color tamer (Vivi, , my little artist, in particular).
2. They love the attributes given to the colours (Lily really loves the gray on the kitten).
3. The art is fantastic. It’s really the best part of the book. The pictures are so vibrant and joyful.
So, thank you for the great book, Steph! If you get a chance, definitely give this book a read. The little artists in your life will enjoy it.
Mama’s Review: A
Vivi’s Review: ROYGBIV!
Lily’s Review: “Orange is actually my favourite colour!”