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Blue Chameleon

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,462 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews

Chameleon can turn himself into anything and appear to fit in anywhere, but it seems that neither the swirly snail, the green grasshopper nor the striped sock want to be friends. Will he ever find someone to talk to? Someone just like him?

With a subtle and witty interplay between words and illustrations this introduction to colors and shapes (and chameleons!) is sure to d

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published February 5th 2010)
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Nov 04, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh! Much more light and simple than I expected, based on the other Gravett titles that have impressed me. There's, what, about 20 total words in this book that uses 'colors' to teach about friendship....

But I feel I ought to mention that it's pretty easy to read a negative subtext into the story. A reader could get the message that it's ridiculous to make friends with others, that clans should cohere, and that everyone else is 'other.' Why the heck can't a chameleon and a grasshopper be friends
The Library Lady
Aug 13, 2011 The Library Lady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Okay, so here is the question:is the point "you can only have friends just like you" or is it "people who like you will like you as you are--don't try to change to fit in"?

Not sure. Also not sure kids will care, as they'll just enjoy watching Chameleon change color and shape and will be happy to see him make a friend.
Jul 21, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
A very cute, bright board book showing us how chameleons adapt to their environment. A short and sweet bedtime book.
Love it! A great way to show colors (or patterns). Love the colored pencil illustrations. Loved seeing the chameleon mimic the items in posture as well as color. Loved that they included white. Even loved how they did the publication information at the beginning of the book! Just an all-around simple book to make me smile. Some parts might be over the heads for a toddler group, maybe not. But I think it would be a fun filler for a preschool group. An excellent lap-read if you point out the chame ...more
May 20, 2011 Westerville rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, picture_book
"How does she do it? Utterly charming. Blue chameleon is . . . blue, as in lonely. He tries to find a friend by mimicking a variety of creatures (from a banana to a cowboy boot) with no luck. Predictably he finds a fellow chameleon and together they d...moreHow does she do it? Utterly charming. Blue chameleon is . . . blue, as in lonely. He tries to find a friend by mimicking a variety of creatures (from a banana to a cowboy boot) with no luck. Predictably he finds a fellow chameleon and togethe ...more
A story of a sad blue chameleon that is hoping to make friends. He changes colors to emulate the color of a green grasshoppers, swirly snail, among others. This is his attempt to "fit in", but he still seems to feel sad and doesn't make friends. This for me was a bit bizarre. Why would you want to change your colors to blend in? There is something wrong if you try so hard. And, even if you do blend in, why would it still not work? Just for this point, I am not completely enamored with the story. ...more
Emily Gravett’s books are always beautifully, creatively, artfully designed, and Blue Chameleon is no exception. Blue Chameleon is lonely, but looking for friendship. He changes his colors every couple pages as he tries to make himself look like whatever he encounters next. When none of them respond to his overtures, he goes gray like a rock – giving up – then white like the pages of his book, almost disappearing completely. Finally, another chameleon, bright with splashes of color, finds and be ...more
May 31, 2015 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Ellie read this book to us.
Leslie Stair
Messy outside Art Class at Art Beast
(3 and up or all ages with supervision)

This book was a good read-aloud for toddlers and preschoolers. I read it is my messy outdoor art class Story Alive. I like it because of the introduction of patterns, imitation, colors and emotions. After I read this book aloud to the group I introduced the art activity by showing the kids the plastic stencils I had, the large paper (really big, heavy weighted paper) and spray bottles with liquid watercolors inside (DSS
Aug 27, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poor, lonely blue chameleon. He can turn into anything, and blend in anywhere, but despite this wonderful ability, blue chameleon cannot find anyone who wants to be his friend.

Enchanting colored pencil drawings and excellent use of color, expression, and symmetry will delight readers as chameleon struggles to find a friend.
Mar 15, 2012 Suse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
So, I loved the illustrations. They were adorable and I could look at them for a very long time. But the actual book was less than exciting. I can tell you what my response would have been at would have been "huh? let's move on."
Apr 18, 2012 Kayce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
as read to me by Jen... a very sweet book about a lonely chameleon looking for a friend
Susan P
I'm using this for my "Colors" storytime next week! Very short, but beautiful artwork.
5 stars for the illustrations 2 for the story that I just can't seem to grasp.
Kathy Gunn
Mar 25, 2015 Kathy Gunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This sweet, lonely chameleon tries to find someone to be his friend, and he changes into all different shapes and colors to fit it. Quite cute really. Will he ever find a friend?!

Themes: Colors, shapes, play on words, loneliness

Ideas: Have students color a picture of an object and draw a chameleon to match to make a two-page spread similar to the pages in the book. Create a class book.

Discuss being lonely and what we can do to help others, especially new friends to our school, not feel lon
Apr 07, 2011 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blue Chameleon is a picture book about shapes and colors for young readers. The Blue Chameleon is (as you probably guessed) lonely. He crawls along hoping to meet a friend, each time he meets a critter or object he'd like to have for a friend, he so wants to fit in, that he turns the same color as them. He becomes yellow like the banana, gold - like the fish, pink like a cockatoo, green like the grasshopper etc. Frustrated that he can't find a friend, he turn gray like the rock he is sitting ...more
Dec 08, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett is an introduction to colors, and shapes, and a humorous quest for a friend.

Chameleon is blue: he's lonely. So desperate for a friend is he, he mimicks each person or thing he sees, trying to fit in. Chameleon becomes yellow like a banana, pink like cockatoo, swirly like snail, brown like boot, stripy like sock, spotty like ball, gold like fish, green like grasshopper, gray like rock as he gives up. Blending in (hiding?), Chameleon is greeted by a chameleon as co
Jun 21, 2013 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This lonely little chameleon was blue inside (from lack of friends) and blue on the outside too. He wants desperately to have a friend to talk to, to play with and to like him, but has no one. He goes off and tries to fit in with those he meets. He has the ability to turn himself into any colour and blend in with those he encounters. He changes into a rainbow of colours, even goes spotty and stripy but has no luck with being chosen to be a friend. He finally adjusts himself to the colour "grey" ...more
Amy Forrester
This book is about a very lonely chameleon. He tries to change himself to look like other animals and even objects (my favorite is the cowboy boot), until finally he finds another chameleon, decked out in all the colors of the rainbow!

Each 2 page spread features two words. A color or pattern on the left hand page and a noun on the right hand page. The illustrations, done in colored pencil on rough watercolor paper, show the chameleon’s attempts to look like his potential friends. The watercolor
Poor chameleon. He's so lonely and blue. He tries his best to befriend pretty much anyone--and anything--he sees by mirroring their image, but friends are just hard to come by. The banana, boot, and striped sock ignore him, the cockatoo and grasshopper run away, and there are plenty more lost opportunities. Nobody wants to be his friend. (But I don't know why, he seems like a fun chameleon.) Young readers will get a big kick out of the ways chameleon tries to fit in, and should especially like t ...more
Drew Graham
Nov 25, 2015 Drew Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
A lonely chameleon tries to find others like him by imitating various objects' colors and shapes, but starts to worry he might be the only one.

This was a pretty good entry in the Emily Gravett library. The chameleon has a lot of character appeal and it's a different take on a combination shapes/color book. It even has a little story going for it, with a pretty satisfying resolution.
Samantha Chaplin
Sep 18, 2013 Samantha Chaplin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a charming encounter with one very lonely chameleon. A fantastic introduction Into colour and shape, this book promotes discussion and deeper thinking. By keeping the lexis simple the readers are able to express how they interpret the chameleons feelings.
I would recommend using this book from nursery to year 2 as this could be used for creating a setting or character within story writing, or on a simple level could be used to introduce colour and shape in maths. It's also a good wa
Nov 29, 2014 Eboni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 18, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to my daughter. We both enjoyed the book. I had her try to do the actions of the chameleon as we read. A great book to learn about colors. We both had a lot of fun with the book. We had to return the book to the library, and a couple of months later. My daughter told me she wanted the book again.
Chameleon is so lonely that he is blue. He tries to make friends with the animals and things that he comes across - a banana, a cockatoo, a snail, etc. He does this by changing his color and shape to match theirs. Emily Gravett is very inventive when she draws Chameleon as he tries to match what he is near. Everything works out when he meets another chameleon at the end.

Each page has two main words - the noun of the animal or object and an adjective describing it. This adjective is often a color
Jade Detzer
This is a great book for pictures clues that relate to the text. It could be great to use with beginner readers. It could also be used in a language arts aspect; the descriptive words (adjectives) throughout the story would be a great minilesson on how to make your writing stronger by using them.
Jan 13, 2015 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fun and easy way to show kids, in a subtle way, to be themselves and those like them will accept them and appreciate them. Also, it does kind of paint the picture of non acceptance by those not like you, but I ignore that because it's a kids book. It was fun.
In very few words Gravett tells the story of a lonely chameleon looking for a friend. He almost gives up, when he finds someone he goes with perfectly.

I think this book would make a splendid lapsit time to share with an older toddler/preschooler about what a chameleon is, about the different colors and patterns and also go into the feelings the chameleon is displaying.

If you really thought on this one, you might see the moral of the story being "be yourself and true friends will find you." If y
A colourful picture book about a lonely chameleon who tries to make friend by changing himself, ultimately finding a friend who is just like him. I should be vomming from the tweeness of this 'accept yourself' story, but... dawwwwww.

Utterly charmed <3
Robert Beveridge
Emily Gravett, Blue Chameleon (Simon and Schuster, 2010)

The publication of each new Emily Gravett book should be an event. I don't know why it hasn't become so; Gravett is writing the most whimsical, engaging kids' books out there right now, blending the usual basic educational tropes with a wicked humor. Blue Chameleon is no different, introducing various colors (and shapes) in the guise of a story about Blue Chameleon wandering through the world looking for a friend in the oddest places. While
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