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It's a Great, Big Colourful World

Written by Tom Schamp

Illustrated by Tom Schamp

Key Stage 1 Non-Fiction People / Places Activity and Puzzle books

LoveReading View on It's a Great, Big Colourful World

Quirky, super-stylish exploration of colour

March 2020 Book of the Month

‘Colours are great, let’s celebrate!’ is the message of this big, quirky and really rather gorgeous book. Otto a little cat and his friend Leon the chameleon guide us through colour themed pages – grey, black, yellow, orange, red, pink, blue, green and brown – all of which are packed with objects and characters, all in the relevant shade. You’d be hard pushed to find more eclectic collections: yellow submarines juxtaposed with cheese, emojis, pots of Tandoori and fishermen in yellow oilskins. Everywhere you look there’s something unusual and surprising, as well as intriguing facts and lots of jokes too. Children will spend hours poring over the pages and still find something new, while grown ups will be fascinated too.

Andrea Reece

It's a Great, Big Colourful World Synopsis

One winter morning, Otto the cat looks out the window and sighs, Why is everything so grey today? Luckily his friend Leon the chameleon is around to show him just how many colours there are in the world.

In these exciting and funny spreads filled to the brim with brilliantly illustrated objects, Leon and Otto identify people, places, and things of every hue. On pages dedicated to infinite shades of a single colour, Tom Schamp's brilliant drawings play with perspective and unexpected pairings.

An enormous Bengal tiger lords over an orange-tinted world, while a giant blue whale dwarfs elephants, pairs of jeans, and police officers. Throughout, cleverly inserted puns and allusions will elicit plenty of laughs from parents and children alike.

Parents will enjoy the numerous ways colour is depicted and kids will spend hours looking for their friends Otto and Leon as they traverse the busy pages. Best of all, this delightful adventure comes to a perfect end when all the colours come together in one beautiful, joyful rainbow of fun.

All images - copyright credit “© Tom Schamp, courtesy of Prestel Publishing”

Book Information

ISBN: 9783791374369
Publication date: 1st March 2020
Author: Tom Schamp
Illustrator: Tom Schamp
Publisher: Prestel
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Atlases / Maps, Non-Fiction, People / Places, Puzzles / Activities

About Tom Schamp

TOM SCHAMP's illustrations for adults and children have appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers. He is the author of more than 30 children's books. Schamp lives in Brussels, Belgium. Find Tom on Instagram

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