Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

Blue Chameleon

Written by Emily Gravett

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Prize winning illustrator Emily Gravett triumphs again in her witty story of how a lonely chameleon does what he does best in a desperate attempt to make a new friend. Changing colour comes naturally to the blue chameleon so he tries yellow and says hi to a banana, pink to greet a cockatoo, brown to say Howdy to a handsome cowboy boot… Nothing seems to work until the triumphant and delightful final spread when the chameleon finds another chameleon – just like him!


Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

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 everyone, from the youngest child upwards. This is another triumph by prize-winning Emily Gravett.


"Readers of all ages will be charmed by the chameleon’s changes of heart and hue" - The Observer

"wittily says all that needs to be said about the complexities of meeting people and making friends." - The Guardian

"sure to delight children and adults alike." - The Scotsman

'A glorious exploration of colours and shapes. A joy' - Guardian

Review of ‘Blue Chameleon’ by Books for Keeps [4 stars]

Gravett’s affinity with the picture book form is evident once again in this latest offering. Less elaborate than many of her ideas, this one focuses on playful visual dialogue across each double-page spread as our flexible friend takes on the characteristics of various objects and creatures before revealing his true identity. This is a book that works on several levels. Best of all, it is an introduction to shapes and colours, visual thinking. Elegantly designed with plenty of white space, including subtle use of spot lamination, this is one of Gravett’s best books to date.

About the Author

Emily Gravett

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors.

Emily Gravett is an author/illustrator of exceptional talent. Twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, her sharp wit and seemingly effortless drawing have created such brilliant picture books as Wolves, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, Monkey and Me and The Odd Egg. Emily lives in Brighton with her family and their two dogs, Otto and Edith.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett’s distinctive illustrations are always full of wit bringing the unexpected into stories and injecting them all with delightful humour. There’s magic in Spells as a frog turns himself into a handsome prince – well, almost!, excellent advice for rabbits on how to spot the danger of wolves in Wolves, lots of useful tips on how to be braver than you feel in Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, a thoughtful exploration of how home often turns out to be best despite feelings of wanderlust in Meerkat Mail, a celebration of exuberant movement in Monkey and Me and a fresh and delightful look at Dogs.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

1st April 2011




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