Tamaki, Jillian. They Say Blue. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018.
Jillian Tamaki is a previous Caldecott Honor Winner; this is her first picture book. Her illustrations are beautiful. She used acrylic paint on watercolor paper and Photoshop to create them. However, I’m not a big fan of the text. The theme of the text seems to be colors, but the text really isn’t cohesive. It focuses on one color for several pages and then seems to throw in some information that really doesn’t have anything to do with the color. Or the text bounces back and forth between colors. While the illustrations are beautiful, I really don’t see this book becoming a favorite of young children.
Because the Caldecott award focuses on illustrations and not on text, I will be including this book in the choices for my annual Mock Caldecott unit with my fifth graders later this fall.
If you would like a copy of They Say Blue, it is available from Amazon. Thanks for using my affiliate link which doesn’t cost you any more but does help support this children’s literature blog.