Baby book review: Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

Baby librarian Tilly and her mum Jen review the colourful board book Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni.

Tilly reviews Little Blue and Little Yellow

This book is pretty neat. It’s kind of about colours, but it’s not really a colour book. I have colour books that just show you colours and they have pictures of things that are that colour and even though this book has colours it’s not like those other books. I like that the book starts with blue, because blue is my best colour. It’s the only colour I say aloud even though I know a lot of other colours. Little Blue also has fun playing outside with his friends, and I like to do that too. I like going outside onto my street, especially if my friends next door are outside too. I’m just like Little Blue! I don’t know why he turns green when he hugs Little Yellow though. My crayons don’t change colours when I mash them together. Mummy says I’ll find out when I’m older. She says that about a lot of things.

Jen reviews Little Blue and Little Yellow

This is a great book that introduces colours and the concept of mixing colours: what happens when blue and yellow hug? They turn green! What happens when all the different colours roll around and play together? Well, they become a rather unattractive shade of brown. I love the paint blobs as characters, and the seemingly simple story of young colours going off to school, playing with their friends, and going home to their parents at the end of the day. The paint blob colours seem to live in a glorious state of domestic, suburban bliss (or maybe I’m reading into things that aren’t there). A wonderful little book.

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