Blue Chameleon, Hardback Book
4.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


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, Emily Gravett's Blue Chameleon is an introduction to colours and shapes (and chameleons!) which is sure to delight everyone, from the youngest child upwards.Blue Chameleon is another triumph by prize-winning Emily Gravett.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32 pages, 32 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780230704244

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I loved this book! Blue chameleon is feeling lonely, so as he meets other animals (and, entertainingly, things) he greets them by imitating their colors and shapes, until, just as he's given up, he meets a new friend.This is a very simple, non-cluttered book. Each page has only a couple of words (most of which are in chameleon's word balloons), and the pictures are against a pure white background. That background really lets Gravett's art <i>pop</i>. And her illustrations are gorgeous! The colors are rich, and the drawings very expressive, which makes it a great storytime book. But what I loved best is that the art is drawn, and Gravett included those throwaway lines - the ones she decided not to use and that others would normally erase, and those inclusions really make the book for me. I guess I appreciate seeing the 'building blocks' of a drawing... Plus, there's a really great page in which chameleon <i>really</i> blends in!Highly recommended!

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Clearly a book about colors, but I really enjoyed the chameleon echoing the shape of his would be friends - especially the boot. The end papers and even the publication information continue the theme of the book in a fun way too.

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Grades PS-1<br/>Why is the chameleon blue? Kids will enjoy predicting what the story is about from the expressive chameleon on the cover. With only two words per each double-page spread-- yellow banana... pink cockatoo... spotty ball-- Gravett clearly portrays the chameleon's desire for a friend and the lengths to which he will go to fit in. As he gets more and more discouraged, he goes to gray on a rock, and then blends in to white on the page. Children will have to look closely to see the little hand reaching over on the white page with a tentative "Hello?" and will love the happily ever after exuberant ending.

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What a beautifully charming book! Almost makes me want to share it with some random child!

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