What’s Your Favourite Colour will be a fantastic addition to any art shelf for inspiration and to spark conversation about colours – both at home and in schools. Fifteen children’s book artists answer the simple question posed in the title and all respond through illustrations and text.
This is a visual feast, because each artist has created their own double page spread. As you turn the pages, each page is unique in style and voice. Handdrawn illustrations, computer graphics, collage; sometimes whimsical, sometimes detailed, sometimes bold and bright.
Likewise with the text – each artist explains the ‘why’ behind their colour choice in their unique voice. Some reasons are profound and connect to childhood memories or lived experiences or the emotions which colours provoke. Others are matter of fact – a yellow sun or an orange tiger. Some artists answer through poems, others have written paragraphs and one or two keep their response to one sentence – letting the picture speak for them.
It is a delightful read and very unpredictable as each artist speaks honestly. We see green elephants, we are transported to the beach for mint ice cream and you can imagine the red of birds flying. Grey is mentioned twice by artists and others are very specific in their colour choice (Yuyi Morales chooses Mexican Pink to be exact). Finally, Uri Shulevitz leaves us loving all the colours suggesting they are having a party.
Each picture, text and colour is an opportunity to conjure a vivid image in your mind. The book provides a provocation for the discussion of colours and why we like different colours best of all. I can’t wait to see children’s artistic responses to this book!
Reviewed by Sara Croft
What’s your favourite colour?
by Eric Carle & friends
Published by Walker Books Ltd