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Purple, Green and Yellow

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  2,228 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Brigid really loves markers. But when she draws on herself with super-permanent ink, she knows that spells trouble.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Annick Press Ltd.
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Dec 01, 2012 Cori rated it liked it
This book is about a girl named Bridget who needed to have the newest and best coloring markers. She had markers that were washable. She had markers that smelled better than anything you could imagine. Then she got the super-indelible-never-comes-off-till-you're-dead markers. Although she never drew on the walls or floor, she started to draw on herself. In a panic, Bridget used a special marker that was the same color as her skin. Unfortunately, that color came off when she washed her hands and ...more
Dec 12, 2015 Richelle rated it it was amazing
this is one of the most unique Munsch stories there is! I found that these illustrations were very different from
the Munsch norm! and that would be because - fun fact: these pictures were done by a different artist: Hélène Desputeaux! I loved them!!
I love the artsy side to this story (although I may be a bit biased.. I love everything art!) the idea behind Brigid using the super duper never come off til your dead and maybe ever longer markers to colour herself..then trying to wash them off.. th
May 16, 2017 Shelby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit
I read this book when my sister was born (and soon passed on) and we spent endless days at the hospital. For some reason I've always remembered it, and apparently it had some sort of impact on me. Going to put it on hold and read it again.
May 11, 2017 Kelly rated it it was amazing
So funny!
Ashley M.
Oct 15, 2012 Ashley M. rated it it was amazing
This is a fun story that is sure to keep children on the edge of their seat to guess what may happen next. The concept and vocabulary is easy to understand for school age children. The pictures and colorful detail make this story really come to life. the fun humor and silly story line stay present till the end of the book and make for a great choice to read to children. The underlined intentions of the author are present in the end when the concept of why its important to listen to others is cle ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Aurora rated it it was amazing
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This book is so popular that you could almost read the book just in google images ... seriously, try it.

I LOVE this book, yes love, as in still. This is one of my favourite books to read to anyone who will listen. I started reading this book to my sister everyday, I wasn't allowed to return it to the library, she made me sign it back out and read it to her over and over.

In this book Brigid wants markers but her mom won't let her have any. Why
Paige Green
Nov 10, 2014 Paige Green rated it it was amazing
Purple, Green, and Yellow, written by Robert Munsch, is about a little girl named Bridget who loves to color. She asked her mom for some coloring markers, but her mother refused because she said that kids use them to draw on the walls, the floor, and themselves. Bridget then told her mom about these coloring markers that wash off. Her mother was convinced and went out to purchase them. After a week, Bridget got bored and wanted new markers. She told her mother about these new coloring markers th ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Madison rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Brigid’s mother buys her new markers. She draws beautiful pictures. Next, Brigid wants markers that smell. Her mom buys her the markers. This isn’t good enough and she wants permanent markers. Her mother buys her the markers. Brigid drew pictures for 3 weeks. But then she got bored. She doesn’t draw on the wall, or the floor, or myself. She starts to color her finger nails purple black and yellow. Then she colors her hands. Then her face. Then her belly button. Then her entire body! To get rid o ...more
Danielle Wrasman
Sep 11, 2016 Danielle Wrasman rated it really liked it
Besides an interesting take on colors, there are some cultural themes in this book that I decided were worthy of mentioning for this week for multicultural literature class that support my own cultural identity. The most prominent is that I live somewhere where I am encouraged to be creative. Not only do teachers and parents say to be creative, but people like employers do. This has to do with the book because the mom in the story is ready to bend over backwards to support the creative goals of ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: storytimes 1-3
Shelves: picture-books, z_13
Brigid would like some markers, please.

When I started my job, my mom gave me her list successful readalouds sorted by grade, which was awesome. This book was on there and when I read it, I thought, "oh. ok. oh god. what if this gave a kid an idea?" Finally tried it last week and hey there successful storytime! Sometimes as an adult, I forget to trust them a bit.

My loudest class sat quiet for this one. Munsch caught 'em and held tight. And the more I think about it, the more I get it. Brigid fol
Christina Hyde
Feb 16, 2015 Christina Hyde rated it liked it
This book centers around a very bossy, artistic little girl named Brigid. She creates beautiful art with her many new markers until she decides to misbehave and pays for being a work of art herself!

The colors in this book are rich and colorful, readers experience all of the colors of the rainbow (and the marker set). Brigid starts out with a few markers here and there until eventually she's living in a pile of 1500 markers! The bright primary colors, soft lines, and centering of the main
Dec 02, 2013 Evette rated it really liked it
Purple, Green and Yellow by Robert N. Munsch. This story is about Brigid,her mother buys her new markers. She draws beautiful pictures. Then, Brigid wants markers that smell. Her mom buys her the markers. This is not good enough and she wants permanent markers. Her mother buys her the markers and Brigid drew pictures for 3 weeks. But eventually she got bored. She doesn't draw on the wall, or the floor, or myself. She starts to color her finger nails purple black and yellow. Then she colors her h ...more
Feb 10, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Purple, Green and Yellow by Robert N. Munsch, illustrated by Helene Desputeaux is a great picturebook spinning off the absolute love for coloring with markers that children have. In this case after Bridget gets washable markers, then smelly markers, and resists coloring on herself, her Mom buys Bridget super-permanent markers. After getting bored, she finally does color on herself, but comes up with a creative solution.

Desputeaux uses bright colors to illustrate this funny story. Themes include
Aug 02, 2014 Penny rated it it was amazing
This is another of my favorite books for primary grade kiddos. It is also another book that I typed into a play to be read over and over by my students. They never tired of it. They loved being able to spout the words, "never-come-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later coloring markers." The adventures of this young artist Brigid is a thrill to youngsters who have perhaps experienced the wrath of parents who have found coloring marker decorations where they should not be. Another one also tha ...more
Jun 25, 2010 Shauna rated it it was amazing
We were SO happy to discover this book. Eight years ago Sophia saw me writing with a scrapbook marker and asked, "Mom, is that a super indelible never come off until you die and maybe even later marker?" I laughed out loud. She said it was from a book that her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Jorgensen, had read to the class. But, she couldn't remember the book. Her words made an impact however, and we have since called all permanent markers "super indelible, never come off until you die and maybe eve ...more
Picture Book Activities
Day 1: ask questions
Day 2: marker play
Day 3: painted cookies and I Spy game
Day 4: Color Hunt and watch Planting a Rainbow
Day 5: Munsch's other stories from The Munschworks Grand Treasury
Day 6: other color books- Mouse Paint, Colors Everywhere and make colored shaving cream to paint in the bathtub or kiddie pool

We didn't do any of the activities associated because we were going to the library the day we read it and he wanted to take it back. He seemed to really enjoy the st
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Jun 26, 2013 Dustin Crazy little brown owl rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who (or used to) like to color on themselves with magic markers
super-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later colouring markers.
This is really great. Like many kids, I enjoyed coloring on myself with magic markers. Now that I have gotten tattoos, I can see the correlations:

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I highly re
Apr 18, 2010 Brittany rated it really liked it
This is a great book to read when talking about colors because the little girl gets hundreds of markers that are permanent, smelly, and really bright and her mom tell her repeatedly not to color on herself and one day, she finally decided to draw on herself and she ends up having to color over all of the bright colors with a marker that matched her skin to hide all of the marker. This would be a good book to use for science as well as to teach a lesson about not drawing all over yourself with pe ...more
I really liked this story. It was fun to read, and the illustrations really served to enhance the story. Brigid's arguments for convincing her mother to buy her colored markers were quite smart, and the progression from washable to will-never-come-off was pretty funny. I loved that Brigid colored herself with the latter and then tried to hide it by coloring herself again, but with washable markers. And the ending was great! "Neither will [Dad notice he's been enhanced] long as he doesn't ge ...more
Jennifer Borduin
This book is about a girl who keeps asking her mother for markers, promising she wont draw on herself.

This book can be used in a math lesson by counting all the markers in the book. The mother buys large number amounts of markers at a time, and the class can practice adding large numbers, or graph the different marker amounts.

This book can also be used as a science lesson on senses. What colors is she SEEING and what does she relate it to? What color SCENTS are there and why are they with those
Oct 07, 2013 Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, five-star, childrens
From our permanent collection of children's books. This book just captures something perfect - the whole concept of super-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later colouring markers. The writing is funny, the artwork is brilliant. And the books teaches without teaching. And it is both silly and surreal and short. The voice of the mom and daughter are just perfect and dad just mostly naps. And walks in the rain.
Kaylin Marton
Purple, Green and Yellow is a great book for young learners because of its use of color recognition with the alphabet. Also because there is so much color it is easy for a young reader to keep their attention through out the whole book. The author uses repetition while describing the artwork that Brigid is creating to really capture the importance of it. I also found it interesting that the author spelled colour differently then we do here.
May 18, 2009 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 4-7
Shelves: picture-book
A classic by Robert Munsch, this book is definitely one of my favorites by him. Brigid is a young girl who LOVES to color with markers. What child doesn't? After pleading with her mother, she does get her markers (in fact, 3 different sets). However, the real fun begins when Brigid decides to draw on herself. Will they find a solution to get the markings off? A fun one to read aloud to individuals or to groups.
Oct 06, 2015 Morgan rated it really liked it
Robert Munsch wrote this fantastic book about a girl who must have the newest and best markers. When her mother buys them, the girl goes back on her promise to her mother and colors on herself and gets herself into a pickle when the markers won't come off. This is a wonderful read aloud for the classroom.
Aug 21, 2008 Reyanna rated it it was amazing
Another one of my favorite books of all time. Not just in the children's genre either. A great book. I read this in 6th grade for the first time. Well, I had it read *to* me, but I promptly went to the book-fair and bought my own copy. My copy is now *very* loved, and I have read it to every babysitting charge, niece, nephew, friend, etc. Still love this book after 16 years!
Feb 20, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
Munsch is perfect for giving kids just the right amount of mischief. I love the way his characters get into trouble but are never insulated from the consequences of the trouble. Some of his books read as cautionary tales...and if the books give the kids "ideas", well, they had those ideas to begin with or would have come up with them anyway.
Jan 12, 2008 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
My favorite Munsch book. I just love how it says "she drew lemons that smelled like lemons and roses that smelled like roses, and cow plops that smelled like cow plops" Also, I call Sharpie markers "super indelible never come off till your dead or maybe even later colouring markers" when I talk to my Kindergartners. It's a great book!
May 17, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Munsch writes great stories. His girls are all strong and not "looking for prince charming-ish." They stand on their own two feet. Stephanie (Stephanie's Ponytail) and The Paper Bag Princess are two more wonderful stories of girls who stand their own ground. The books often are very silly too, which a kid's story should be.
Ashley Williams
I would use this book in grade 1-2 for math and science. In science I would use this book to kick off a lesson on or senses and the different scent that each marker has and why that is the case.

In math I would focus on having the students count the different markers that her mom continues to buy for her. We could do a graph focusing on the different colors.
Aug 30, 2008 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading to their children
Shelves: childrens, 2008
A humorous tale that hits right to the core of all a Mom's fears - Markers! :) Our girls really enjoy this story and we've read it a couple of times. Robert N. Munsch is a terrific storyteller for children.
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Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Fordham University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Boston University in 1971 with a Master of Arts degree in anthropology.

He studied to become a Jesuit priest, but decided he would rather work with children after jobs at orphanages and daycare centers. In 1973, he received a Master of Education in Chil
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