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The color monster : a story about emotions, Anna Llenas

Label
The color monster : a story about emotions
Title
The color monster
Title remainder
a story about emotions
Statement of responsibility
Anna Llenas
Title variation
Colour monster
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
Summary
One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result
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Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 The Color Monster woke up with his emotions all in a jumble, so he needs help separating them into jars. Yellow is happiness, blue is sadness, green is calm. In the end, with his emotions sorted and easy to process, he has room for a new color—a positive, loving pink—to take over. It is no surprise that Llenas is an art therapist with a background in emotional education, as this book helps process emotions using beautiful, affirming language (it’s okay to cry, fear can make you feel tiny, etc.). What is surprising is that a debut picture book can be so visually rich and poetically told. The mixed-media collage artwork, utilizing everything from cardboard to graph paper to Spanish-language newspaper, gives each spread an appealing, tactile, three-dimensional look, and there is a particularly gorgeous two-page spread with Color Monster flinging his anger in red-paint splashes across the opposite page. This insightful read-aloud is a strong addition for everything from a color-themed storytime to a parenting collection. -- Becca Worthington (Reviewed 10/26/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 4)
  • PreS-Gr 3—In this Spanish import, children can learn to compartmentalize feelings through colors. Multihued Color Monster "woke up feeling confused, and he doesn't know why." His friend, a young girl, helps detangle his jumbled-up feelings by having him separate each one into its own color jar. She explains, how happiness "shines yellow like the sun," where sadness "is lonely and blue like a rainy day." She extrapolates on each explored feeling with examples such as "When you are calm, you breathe deeply. You feel at peace." With a background in art therapy, Llenas finds an approachable way for kids to identify feelings, and allows for the understanding that one can have many emotions at once. Color Monster never goes into why he is feeling a certain emotion, allowing space for readers to attach personal meaning to their own emotions and feelings. It also shows kids it is okay to cry when you feel sad, and how sometimes naming a feeling and separating it from another feeling is enough. Llenas's use of watercolor, pastels, and collage on a variety of styles of papers and cardboard has a three-dimensional aspect, enveloping readers into each world of feeling. The book's open ending shows Color Monster experiencing a new feeling, allowing for extrapolation and further conversations. VERDICT A great guide and conversation starter for one-on-one, storytime, or early elementary and SEL classrooms.—Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR --Danielle Jones (Reviewed 07/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 7, p53)
  • A kid helps a monster sort out his emotions. A monster arrives, multicolored, with frowning mouth and troubled eyes. "Are you all mixed up again, Color Monster?" asks an inexplicably annoyed-looking child. Then, either the child or a narrative voice proclaims, "Your emotions don't work well when they're all jumbled up." The child, now smiling, offers to help separate the monster's emotions "and put each one in its own jar." Each emotion is assigned one color, and the monster turns that color only (rather than multicolored) while that feeling is explained. Placing emotions literally into jars implies an odd repressiveness, while declarations such as "When you're sad, you...want to be alone" are unnecessarily universalizing. The textual descriptions sometimes contradict the visual messages, showing aesthetically cheerful or peaceful artwork for spreads about sadness or confusion. However, taken on their own, the multimedia illustrations are downright splendid. Using wax colors, watercolor pencils, acrylics, pencil, and collage, Llenas lays out entrancing textures and hues in enthralling compositions with plenty of white space. Lines are scribble-style, checkered, and swirled; background paper is graphed, perforated, and newsprinted. Cardboard or cardstock cutouts, punctured and layered, look as though they could be felt by readers' fingertips. Shapes are irregular and organic like home-cut crafts. Tugged across a blank white spread by the eager child, the multicolored monster trails collaged ribbons of color. Ignore the lackluster, prescriptive text—get this Spanish import for its fabulous artwork. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10691342
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Llenas, Anna
Dewey number
  • 152.4
  • [E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
In English, translated from the Spanish
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Color Monster
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Emotions
  • Monsters
  • Emotions
  • Monsters
  • Emotions
  • Monsters
  • Emotions
  • Monsters
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Colors
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Monsters
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a story about emotions
Label
The color monster : a story about emotions, Anna Llenas
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translation copyright ©2018 by Hachette Book Group
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1028884598
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780316450010
Lccn
2017963060
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1028884598
Label
The color monster : a story about emotions, Anna Llenas
Publication
Note
Translation copyright ©2018 by Hachette Book Group
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1028884598
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780316450010
Lccn
2017963060
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1028884598

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