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Animal Colors

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  30 reviews
"Innovative and thoroughly enjoyable."- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"A wildly entertaining spin on color theory."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Best-selling picture book creator Christopher Silas Neal is diving into the world of original board books with Animal Colors, a book that humorously mashes up two animals of different colors to create a unique and funny creatu
Board Book, 40 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by little bee books (first published 2018)
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Throw together a Blue Rhino and a Green Tortoise and what do you get?

A Turquoise Rhortoise, of course!

This is a fun little board book that takes on the concept of color mixing. The pictures are fun and bright and the whole idea is quite novel.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, storytime
Great, simple, funny concept with some fun complex words ("Turquoise Rhinotoise", "Chartreuse Kangoose"). Gonna try this one in my storytime rotation! ...more
Ruth Ann
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals
Bold, colorful illustrations. That's all. ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully creative introduction to colors, animals, and combining. Expect youngsters to draw their own fantasy combo animals after reading this fun book.
Morgan Gilley
Fun with colors. For this board book the animals are shown in their colors but the difference is that you can mix animals and their colors to make new animals. Also, the author has so many funny puns, like a “sleepy lion” nonagon “YAWN-AGON.” There are shapes in it also which can be mixed with the colors of the animals which creates these very fun things. Full of bold colors and fun filled illustrations. The author created a very surprising book with a very fun spin on learning colors, shapes an ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: board-books
This bright board book offers a mix of animals, colors and wordplay that is immensely engaging. The book takes one colored animal, mixes it with another animal and then ends up with an odd hybrid. For example, a blue whale and a yellow lion mix together to make a “Green Whion.” This continues through the book moving from primary colors mixing into secondary ones and then on to more complicated color combinations. The wordplay adds a delightful silliness to the book, making it impossible to quite ...more
I like the color mixing. I like the illustrations. But it’s a board book. I feel the idea of animal mixing is a bit over my toddler’s head. We are working on animal names. We are working on color identification. This is just confusing. Also- Whion? How is that pronounced? I think they made particularly poor choices of animal mixing with the exception of the chartreuse kangamoose. Maybe if they all rhymed I’d like this book better.
Over kleuren en het effect wanneer je ze mengt. Nuttig, en een goede poging om het ludiek aan te pakken, maar het resultaat is niet zo geweldig als je zou verwachten. Door niet enkel de kleuren te mengen maar ook de dieren tegelijk met elkaar te kruisen, komen er heel bizarre schepsels uit, die de aandacht helemaal wegnemen van de kleuren zelf.
Sep 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-montessori
Beautiful art, but not what i was hoping for. Unfortunately the animals are not real in both structure or color making it very confusing for a young child. This would be great for a 6+ year old who can understand fantasy, but since it's in a board book format i'm assuming the target age is much younger. ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Perfect for giggly toddlers, what do you get when a blue whale and a yellow lion mix? Well, a green whion of course. Yes, it teaches about mixing colors....but will just make your giglebox laugh. Good lighthearted fun.
Gabrielle Draxler
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was not what I was expecting! and you don't expect that to be about a book that seems so simplistic. But this was a funny and surprising read about mixing colors and animals. I would use for a storytime or a simple color lesson ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, board-books
As long as the kiddos are clear that the COLORS are real but the ANIMALS are a joke, this would be a fun read-aloud. Might be fun to pair with a finger-paint activity.
Kirsti Call
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and fun!
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Silly book, with a unique spin on color mixing.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty fun. Definitely pushes the envelope with color mixing beyond the obvious combos. The wordplay with combined animals is also pretty out there. The artwork is kinda "meh" though. ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Combine two animals and two colors and you get a very unique creature!

2018 storytime theme: geek

Reviewed from a library copy.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected and awesome
Chad Olson
Mar 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Multicolored animals blend their colors into fantastical imaginary hybrid creatures
Rosalind Andrews
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mia Valdez Quellhorst
Cute and silly. Interesting way to explore secondary colors. My kiddo wasn't super into it though... ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well executed color concept book. Only complaint is the lack of red-orange tertiary color, but a minor gripe. Very well done!
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Fantastic read-aloud for PreK-2 storytime!
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Fun, creative board book.
Miss Sarah
A cute board book about colored animals mixing and creating new animals. Funny and cute. Toddler and up
Whitney Stillson
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much fun. My daughter requests it often. I wish the last combination had a name.
Alyssa Gudenburr
A super funny book about combining colors and animals.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You should never underestimate the power of those books conceived to be the first ones held in tiny hands. The best of them fascinate readers of all ages. Using less space and length than other titles, their words, art, and layout are designed with intention to convey specific concepts, often with humor, beauty, and cleverness.

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In March of 2018 Christopher Silas Neal released a new concept book series. He begins with Animal Colors and Animal Shapes, both p
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Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning author and illustrator of picture books including Over and Under the Snow with author Kate Messner, which was praised for its "stunning retro-style illustrations" (New York Times), was a 2011 New York Times Editor's Choice and an E.B. White Honoree in 2012. Neal's author debut titled "Everyone" was praised by Publisher's Weekly as "simple, honest, lyrical ...more

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