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Tuesday 20 June 2023

Review: Colour Makes The World Go Round

Colour is so beautiful.

Colour makes us special.

Colour makes the world go round.

What would we do if rainbows didn’t contain colour, or if flamingos were black and white instead of their rich pink and crimson? What would the sunshine be if it wasn’t golden?

This book asks questions and explores the answers in a curious and funny rumination on diversity, colour, difference and friendship. A seemingly simple narrative is actually anything but – even though it is perfect for young children with readily accessible ideas and images for exploring our wonderful world.

Both joyful and pragmatic at the same time, this book has a lot going on beneath the surface.

Neilsen plays with characters, colour, shape, negative space and characters to build a playful and intriguing world where questions are encouraged and differences celebrated. The clever ‘stretching’ of illustrations from one side of a double spread to the other - from colourful on one side to black and white on the other - provides a visual narrative that is clearly defined and designed to make readers think deeply.

Gentle directions and interactive components include young children as participants in a story where repeating the magic words and tapping on the page, is empowering and causes wonderful, magical things to happen.

This book is whimsical, interactive and a definitive springboard for a whole lot of questions, imaginings, discussion and fun both in the classroom and at home.

Colour Makes The World Go Round
Author/Illustrator: Christopher Nielsen
Publisher: Walker Books, $25.99
Publication Date: May 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760655655
For ages: 4 - 7
Type: Picture Book