“The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings” by Anna Llenas. (Book Review)

The Color Monster is feeling so many emotions right now, he is a mess of mixed-up feelings! He definitely needs some help to sort through his emotions and understand what exactly he is feeling. “The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings” by Anna Lenas is an interestingly themed and well-crafted pop-up book that is truly something special. Each color represents a different common emotion, and by illustrating it this way, they can identify the feeling better and make sense of it. When a child cries often an adult will ask “what’s wrong”, and oftentimes the child does not know how to say what they are feeling. It’s hard to understand what you are feeling when you don’t separate the emotions out and label them, especially as a child. This is the perfect book to help sort through and label those common emotions and feelings. Although Dolly may not understand the beautiful and thoughtful message, she certainly enjoys the pull tabs and turning each page of this book herself over and over. The pop-ups leap out of the book and are very engaging. Dolly particularly likes the pop-up of the fear page, which I think is the most beautifully written page in the book; the description of what “fear” is made me a bit teary, I never thought of it that way and it is described so beautifully. But if your child is old enough to have a conversation with you about what they are feeling, from sadness to fear, anger, calm, and of course the joy of happiness then this could be a really creative way to discuss it with them. “The Color Monster” is a pop-up book with a purpose!

Title: The Color Monster
Author: Anna Llenas
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 20