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Hello Red Fox

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  814 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Mama Frog gets a big surprise when the guests arrive for Little Frog's birthday party: Red Fox looks green to her! Orange Cat looks blue! What has gone wrong?
With the active help of the reader, Little Frog shows Mama Frog how to see the animals in their more familiar colors. Is it magic? No, it's a remarkable function of the human eye. As Little Frog demonstrates, anyone
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1998)
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This is definitely one of my favorites. Carle has created this book that teaches children that every color has an opposite, but in fun and creative way. I love that he allows readers to stare at this dot and see the opposite image and color on the next page. It was beautifully done and one of the most unique picture books that I've seen in a while.
May 14, 2015 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, art-books, senses
REALLY fun book!!! You look at the "red" picture with a dot for 10 seconds and then look at the dot on the next page and you see the image in the corresponding complimentary color! Great book for discussing the science behind it all--the rods in your eye get fatigued when you look at one color long enough, you see the complimentary color coming out. My kids at 5 and younger are too young to see the images pop out. But I LOVED it! I even think high school kids would love it.
Jan 05, 2013 Miriam rated it really liked it
I have to say I'm impressed. I never thought I'd ever see anything this new and truly original in a picture book. The idea is just so fascinating, and it is executed in an engaging and unforgettable way. I'm sorry it isn't three times as long. Unfortunately, with the illustrations being so the focus, the story suffers.
April Castle
Apr 19, 2011 April Castle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would use this book to introduce the color wheel and opposites. If you stare at dots in the book and then stare away to next dot, you will see the complementary color. This book would be hard to do as a whole reading but you could use it as an example and put it in the book box for the week.
Becca Dunlap
Nov 26, 2011 Becca Dunlap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Froggy invites friends over for a party and every one is the wrong color! This is an interactive book about color. The color you see in the picture is not the color the animal is. Might be a challenge for a younger audience.
This was an Eric Carl book that I hadn't seen before. I really like the concept and think kids will have fun staring at the dots and making the pictures appear. It gave me a bit of a headache though since there are so many dots that you have to stare at.
Marie Summers
Sep 29, 2011 Marie Summers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is more interesting for adults. The four to eight year old crowd that love most of his books would not have the patience to make this book work. It demonstrates a rather sophisticated visual trick.
Jul 09, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: felix
cool idea but a little tough to execute
The concept of this book was so unique. I was thoroughly impressed with the artwork. I really enjoyed this little picture book and it is a great way to teach children about complimentary colors.
Oct 17, 2016 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christine by: Elementary School Children
Cute book with repetitive narration and the gorgeous art of Eric Carle. Fun "seeing eye" feature where you stare at a picture and then look at a blank page and see the picture in a different color. My 5 month old was too young for this color trick, but seemed to enjoy the repeating nature of the story. We will revisit this book when he's older.
Samantha Westall
Can be used to understand complimentary colors and the way eyes work.
Katherine Austin
Dec 01, 2016 Katherine Austin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-4050
1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
-Little frog's birthday is coming up and momma frog asks her son who he wanted to invite. He reels off a long list of colored animals. When all of little frog's friends show up at the party, they are not the same color that little frog told momma they were. Little frog explains that you just have to look at each animal long and hard enough, and the color will change to what he described. While reading the book, students can do the little eye trick that c
Dec 09, 2014 Vanessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-l-307
On a little frog’s birthday, the mother frog is surprised with all the guests that show up. She sees that all of the animals are the wrong color. The little frog was right when he told her she was not looking hard enough. This is a very good book to read to kids at a young age. It teaches diversity and how you can be friends with whoever you want to be friends with, no matter their background or culture. This should be used in the classroom to teach those things because they are relative to aspe ...more
This was one I was thinking of using for my final storytelling set, but it would not have worked at all.

The story is a simple and repetitive one. A boy invites animal friends to his party, and says, for example, "hello red fox!" his mom tells him that the fox is green, and the son says to look closer.

Here we reach my problem with the book. You have to stare at the green fox (they give you a dot to focus on) and then when you look at the next blank page, you see the after image, which is now red.
Dione Basseri
A good choice if what you want is your kid to sit down, concentrate, and be quiet for a little bit.. AND DON'T WE ALL?

The book gives a little background on Goeth, the color wheel, and how to see negative afterimages. Then you get into the story of Little Frog's birthday, where all his guests must be looked at a little harder to see them right. It's a cute little idea, though not one I could imagine most kids being interested in going through twice. However, you might be able to get your kids int
Megan Cureton
The book Hello, Red Fox was geared a little more towards younger children than what I expected before reading the story. But I will say that this book does an exceptional job of showing children how the color wheel works and how you get certain colors from other colors. This would work well if the children or students are learning about complementary colors and you could dedicate this book for art and incorporate it into a lesson for your students. I feel like the children would enjoy this book ...more
Kevin Wilkinson
I love the interactive aspect of "Hello, Red Fox" by Eric Carle. The activity of involving the reader into visualizing a small green object by looking at the small dot was a very clever tool of engagement.

I thought that the voice that Carle exhibited in "Hello, Red Fox" was bounded with the illustrations. That is, the words would have little to no power without the illustrates connected to those words. I don't know if that means Carle's voice in this book was weak or is that just because "Hello
Dec 28, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello, Red Fox is an interactive book. It tells a story about a frog who invited lots of animals to his birthday party. He calls them a different color than his mother sees them. The reader is supposed to stare at the picture for ten seconds and then move their eyes and they will supposedly see the same picture in a different color.
The pictures are the main part of this story. Eric Carle is a very talented artist. He uses his artistic ability to create illusions. Somehow, he drew the pictures s
Crystal Lough
Hello, Red Fox is a picture book. It is designed for children of primary ages but can definitely be enjoyed by older children. The text holds a plot line but the story is held mainly in the pictures. On every page it has a illustration of an animal where you stare at the dot for ten seconds and then when you look at the blank page next to it you still see the image. I rated this book a 5 because this book has many strong qualities. The plot line definitely would hold their attention but the chal ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Marcelaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
I think this book is fun to read. On the left page is a picture of an animal with the "wrong" color and a dot in the center of it. You stare at the dot for ten seconds then look over to the page on the right, which is just a blank page with a black dot, and on the right page you can see the animal's shape in the complimentary color. The concept was completely over my kids' heads, but they still enjoy counting to ten while I have fun playing tricks with my eyes.

The story is not that great since t
The guest bedroom at my parents' place doubles as an art studio and I'm always entranced by the colour wheel that's displayed on a wardrobe door opposite the bed. Thanks to Eric Carle, I now know that Goethe was not only a German writer and philosopher but also the creator of that wheel and colour theory. Hello, Red Fox is a bit gimmicky and repetitive and reminded me a little of the Magic Eye books of my childhood, which I hated because I could never see the illusions behind the images. But it ...more
Jul 21, 2009 Farah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Buku ini bermain-main dengan ilusi warna.
Itulah kenapa judul dari si buku ini adalah Hello, Red Fox, sementara si rubahnya sendiri digambarkan berwarna hijau.
Jadi ceritanya, kalau kita terlalu lama memandang sesuatu yang berwarna hijau, lalu kita mengarahkan pandangan kita ke bidang yang berwarna putih, akan terbentuk bayangan menyerupai benda yang semua kita tatap, tapi warna bayangan itu adalah merah.
Biru jadi Oranye, dan Ungu jadi Kuning.
Ga percaya? Itu ada teorinya.
Dan eric Carle menjelask
Ashley Thorpe
Dec 01, 2014 Ashley Thorpe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this as a child. I thought it was the coolest book in the world because the pictures would magically appear right in front of me. This book does have a lot of words in it and would be geared for older children. I do enjoy that the animals "change colors" when you stare at them then to the white page. It is amazing how fun this book is. There is not much color but I am glad there is not, would take away from the whole experience. Some children might have problems with this book ...more
Dec 06, 2010 jacky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschoolers and up
Mike and I were actually kinda fighting over this book. I picked it out because we only have a few Eric Carle books left in our library's collection that we haven't tried. I immediately was confused why the fox was green. The gimmick of this book is the after image you get in your eyes after staring at something. Its very cool and I'm sure kids who are old enough to follow the directions (stare at a dot til the count of ten, then a different dot to the count of three) will love it and think its ...more
Rosa Cline
Apr 21, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
If my granddaughter had been older and been able to understand the meaning behind this story it may have been better. It's not really a story so for those looking for a storybook don't get this. Its got a picture of an animal on one page and the next is a white page that you are to look at the mis colored animal then when you look at the white you'll see what is being described. An optical illusion. But was confusing to my 3 year old granddaughter when I would read "Hello red fox" but the pictur ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Nov 12, 2014 Kay Mcgriff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daugher (and me, too) loved Eric Carle. We had board books and hardback and paperback picture books. As soon as she saw Hello, Red Fox, she recognized Carle's distinctive artwork. I was surprised there was another Carle book that we hadn't read. Little Frong invites his friends to his birthday party, but Mama Frog thinks they are the wrong color! Using an optical illsusion based on the color wheel, the reader helps Mama Frog "see" the right colors. As a kid, I loved these illusions. I enjoyed ...more
Jenn Clauss
Jul 29, 2015 Jenn Clauss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hello, Red Fox is legitimately one of the worst children's books I've ever read. For starters, the fox only plays a minor role in the book, so I don't know why that was chosen as the title. The book uses optical illusions in a neat way to teach children about complementary colors and the color wheel, but that's about the only positive thing I can say about it. The writing is absolutely terrible. It's painful to read because of how repetitive it is. It's literally the same sentences on every page ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Amberly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is so cool! Each set of pages has an illustration on the left with a small black dot in the center. After reading the text you stare at the small black dot for 10 seconds and then look at the page on the right. The right page is plain white with a small black dot. You stare at that dot for 3 seconds and then you see the illustration from the left only the colors have changed to the complementary colors, i.e. yellow is now purple, red is now green etc. Very clever. Small children might ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Eric Carle is great! This book would be great for maybe 6 years+, so it will probably gain a star in a few years. It's a very simple story, but the neat thing about the illustrations is that they are after images-you stare at the green fox, then look away and back to the facing page, which is blank, and you "see" a red fox. For now, not so good for a toddler because if you read the text as is, you talk about an orange fish, but the illustration is blue. Would be fun for older kids though!
Sep 09, 2008 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading to their children
Shelves: childrens, 2008, science
Fascinating color tricks based on Goethe's color wheel, although I recommend this one for older children. I think our five year old was able to see the opposite color on the white page once or twice, but it didn't work with our three year old. We'll have to borrow this book again when they are older. The second time we read this, our oldest could see most of them, but our youngest only saw one or two of them.
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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