Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Leonie Robert’s debut picture book illustrated by Mike Byrne, the bright and beautiful ‘My Colourful Chameleon.’ I’m always on the look out for picture books that will enthral and entertain the children at my school at storytime and this definitely did the trick. They loved helping the little girl find her pet chameleon who kept disappearing, causing lots of mischief and getting her into constant trouble. I took great delight in not being able to spot the chameleon who was craftily hidden, while the children excitedly pointed out that he was indeed hidden: in the plant; the fruit basket, on the TV and on the bathroom taps to name just a few places. I love how the little girl is adamant that her pet is a good pet whilst all around her everyone sees him as a troublemaker, she remains a good and steadfast friend.
Mike Byrne’s bright, vivid illustrations capture wonderfully the humour of the chameleon getting lost and causing mayhem for everyone around him especially the girl’s Mum. His clever use of exaggerated facial expressions to convey the frustrations and annoyance of the girl at all the adults who don’t quite understand make this accessible for the youngest of readers. With gentle lilting rhymes that pace the story brilliantly, this book is a joy to read aloud. There is so much opportunity to engage and entertain when sharing this story, for me it proved to be an irresistible combination of gentle humour and vibrant illustrations.
Thank you to Leonie for inviting me to join the blog tour and to Quarto for my copy of this colourful book. To win your own copy of the book head over Twitter where I am giving away a copy.
Why not join in with the rest of the blog tour for my reviews, Q & As and giveaways
‘My Colourful Chameleon’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.