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Blue Chameleon

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,972 ratings  ·  237 reviews
He can turn himself into anything and appear to fit in anywhere, but it seems that neither the swirly snail, the green grasshopper nor the stripy 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 colours and shapes (and chameleons ) is sure to delight ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 5th 2010 by MacMillan Children's Books
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Blue chameleon is well, blue... he's lonely and so tries to mimic others so they will be friends with him! He is finally successful at finding a friend when he stays himself and finds someone who is full of differences but shares the same values as he does toward color and pattern!

I can see where this story could be problematic for an older crowd who is aware of the great differences between people... but for a younger-ish grou
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
I do understand and like the message: Find friends that do not require you to bend, to change, to pretend being a copy of them. Find someone who lets you be you.

But on the other hand I do not support the underlying philosophy that life is easier and happier if you stay with your own kind, your own people, exactly your brand of individuality.
Getting to know 'others' and their way of life without turning into them can be fun and interesting, too.
The Library Lady
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Misty Mount
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-little-guy
My little one liked this especially since he could read most of it on his own :)
Adeline Gravell
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A bright and engaging book that can be used with new readers, also teaches them about how chameleons changer the colour of their skin depending on who/what they are around!
Katie Mote
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fun picture book about a Chameleon that is lonely and wants to find a friend. He changes what he looks like to try and fit in and have a friend. Can he find one? This is a nice book to read with children as they can see how Chameleons can change to fit with their environment
Sue Read
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is one of those books that remind you to read every single page, starting with the front cover and then straight into the end pages. When detail is minimal and subtle, I find myself looking for every clue to build an understanding of the story line. Chameleon has to be blue to begin with because this colour represents loneliness and sadness, and his single trail of footsteps across the end pages emphasises this beautifully. We find him looking longingly at a small insect and then on the tit ...more
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture_book, kids
"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
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 befriends h ...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
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
The BLUE CHAMELEON is a concept book of colors. What I really like about this book are the illustrations. Emily Gravett's depiction of the chameleon is beautiful. I love how she drew the chameleon to make it look like certain items like a banana or a cowboy boot- clever and well done. I also love the texture of the colors created by colored pencils on rough watercolor paper. It is very appealing to the eye. This book is also about a chameleon trying to fit in so he could make a friend, but his a ...more
Carmel Hill
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Readers will feel for the poor Chameleon as he looks high and low (literally), trying to find a friend. As well as exploring friendship, Blue Chameleon is perfect for pre-readers who are learning colours and shapes. The hand-drawn, pencil illustrations are bold, clear and fun. It has very simple text, often one or two words only per page, some encased in speech bubbles. A single word is featured at the top right or left of most pages, eg yellow (right), banana (left).I have the paperback version ...more
Cleo Jones
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yet another beautifully illustrated story which tells the tale of a sad blue chameleon that is hoping to make friends. Despite changing colour to emulate the colour of a green grasshopper, swirly snail, etc he is never quite able to 'fit in'. Although a seemingly light hearted read, the underlying message is powerful ; you should never change yourself in order to please others. It could also be used to introduce phonetics.
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was ok
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 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A lovely book to use to introduce reception children to colours.
Susan  Dunn
I'm using this for my "Colors" storytime next week! Very short, but beautiful artwork.
Jennifer B.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Makes for a cute picture book, but the message may be mixed.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
as read to me by Jen... a very sweet book about a lonely chameleon looking for a friend
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
5 stars for the illustrations 2 for the story that I just can't seem to grasp.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, foundation, ks1
This is a nice school about a chameleon who is trying to fit in whilst finding a friend. The illustrations are lovely and is a nice storyline about why we need friends and how to get them.
Adassa Delgado
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5

For the audience I was presenting the book, it did help that he could understand some of the pictures and tell me what they were. He is three years old and bilingual so he is “behind” other three-year-old kids, but knowing that we could identify more items in English and Spanish was cool to see. The art in the book was fun and playful. I enjoyed explaining that the chameleon was attempting to be the other object by changing their color and moving in a war to resemble it. Th
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great book to read on a slightly blue day. This is a book to be read into as lightly or in as much depth as you would like. Suggestions of topics this book could link to include isolation, loneliness, difference, communication, friendship, feelings and emotions. Emily Gravett’s beautiful illustrations convey so much that there is little need for words and there are, in fact, few words included. The words that do appear lend themselves to focussing on alliteration, language, greetings, colours ...more
Samantha Chaplin
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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 fin
Dianne J.
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Age of readership: Ages 2-6

Genre: Picture Book

Diversity: Friendship

Illustrations: Pastel pencil drawings

My response to the book: We are all different, we all need friends and no matter what we turn ourselves into it is best to be ourselves. The blue chameleon evens turns himself into the white page of the book where you can feel and almost see his outline and finally he finds another chameleon just like himself to befriend. There is a link on the b
Robert Beveridge
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 it's
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ncbla
Because he has no one around him, the lonely chameleon is blue, and he goes in search of companionship. He encounters and mimics a series of animate and inanimate objects in various colors and shapes: a yellow banana, a pink cockatoo, a swirly snail as well as a ball and a rock that pay him no mind. Increasingly desperate, he practically chases a grasshopper off the edge of the page until he meets his match. At long last, he finds someone just like him, colorful and unique. The colored pencil il ...more
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Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON'T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughte ...more
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