Red: A Crayon's Story

Red A Crayon s Story A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as red suffers an identity crisis in the new picture book by the New York Times bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It s an Orange Aardvark Funny insigh

  • Title: Red: A Crayon's Story
  • Author: MichaelHall
  • ISBN: 9780062252098
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as red suffers an identity crisis in the new picture book by the New York Times bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It s an Orange Aardvark Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red A Crayon s Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way RedA blue crayon mistakenly labeled as red suffers an identity crisis in the new picture book by the New York Times bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It s an Orange Aardvark Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red A Crayon s Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way Red will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit, and makes a great gift for readers of any age Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue His teacher tries to help him be red let s draw strawberries , his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate go draw a nice orange , and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe But Red is miserable He just can t be red, no matter how hard he tries Finally, a brand new friend offers a brand new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along He s blue This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone

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    1. This was a fantastic birthday gift to myself! It's such a lovely story about accepting people for who they are and I loved it.

    2. This book for children about being transgender, isWait, what? I thought this was about crayons.Yes. A blue crayon with a red label. A crayon that "presents" as red but colors blue and leaves everyone confused and baffled. I mean, no matter what Red tries to do, he colors blue. That's just him. He's blue. Even though he's in a red label. However, neither him nor any of his friends and family can understand this.His teacher thought he needed more practice.She encourages him to draw strawberries, b [...]

    3. Almost since their very conception children’s books were meant to teach and inform on the one hand, and to inform one's moral fiber on the other. Why who can forget that catchy little 1730 ditty from The Childe’s Guide that read, “The idle Fool / Is whipt at School”? It’s got a beat and you can dance to it! And as the centuries have passed children’s books continue to teach and instruct. Peter Rabbit takes an illicit nosh and loses his fancy duds. Pinocchio stretches the truth a litt [...]

    4. Who thought I was going to like this one so so much!Red: A Crayon's Story worth finding out!Sometimes, we never realize our potential until motivated by others. And if people around you are discouraging, the game changes.This story shows how important it is to be with encouraging and supportive friends and family.

    5. Many a times we start believing what others tell us, without giving it a thought that they can be wrong. Their suggestions can be wrong and they might be advising it unintentionally. Because most of the advice are generalized. It may or may not hold true for everyone.Red : A Crayon's Story teaches the value of encouraging others. Because you never know how and who can do what wonders!

    6. I suppose this review has spoilersif a picture book can have spoilersOn the surface it's a heartwarming story about a crayon whose label says "red" but is really blue. Dig a little deeper and it's a story about being true to yourself and learning who you are.Let's go one more level, and I don't know if this is how it was intended by the author or not but this is how I instantly saw the book before I even opened the cover: This is a book about/for kids struggling with gender identity. As a librar [...]

    7. In this new picture book from Michael Hall, one crayon has spent his whole life believing he’s red, until the day a new friend allows him to see beyond his label and realize he’s been blue all along. This book looks deceptively simple, but, underneath the cover, readers young and old will find an inspiring story about joy of being true to oneself. I want to hand this book to everyone who walks through the door.

    8. “He was red…but he wasn’t very good at it.” So begins this beautiful, moving story about a blue crayon that’s been labeled “red” due to a factory mistake. Unable to see beyond his red label, the other crayons and art supplies keep expecting and demanding certain things of him, but no matter how hard he tries to match the label assigned him, the crayon simply can’t be—and isn’t, and never will be—red. Everyone has something to say about the crayon:‘Sometimes I wonder if he [...]

    9. A good book about being true to yourself. A mislabeled crayon tries to fit in. What I loved was how none of the other crayons seemed able to see what was right in front of their eyes - that regardless of everything that was tried, Red colored blue. I think there are children that will definitely see themselves in this book - and more importantly will see those who are different around them and accept them for who they ARE, not as they should be. This book has a lot of applications - be it regard [...]

    10. How many times have you been told that if you just try a little harder? Work a little more? Do something everything will be fine. For Red the Crayon, it’s all he’s ever heard. After all, his label says “red”, therefore it’s his fault he can’t color in red. But what if it’s not? What if someone made a mistake? All it takes in one crayon asking him to color in blue for the truth to be revealed. Just one crayon is needed to really look at him and realize what the problem. Sometimes th [...]

    11. So this book had me from the moment I realized it is narrated by a pencil, but I like the book's overall approach of talking to preschoolers about the futility of trying to make someone be what they are not. The worn-down grey and silver grandparent crayons crack me up. The spread with all the child-crayons' self-portraits is my favorite--Hall captures kid art there.

    12. this was such a cute book. my kids kept saying but he's blue (spoiler,lol). there is so much to learn from this simple book. its gonna go down as one of the finest picture books for kids.

    13. The whole family will read all these Children's Illustrated book nominees for 2015 and rate all of them. This is colorful, like The Day the Crayons Quit, or Eric Carle's colorful and simple stuff, with pretty simple art and a relatively simple and kinda preachy point to it all (if you are labelled red, you may in fact really be--born this way--blue), but it was fun and I thought cleverly written, and as to the didacticism, well. . .he calls it, cleverly, in the way of serious glbt memoirs, Red: [...]

    14. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would suggest that perhaps Crayola is secretly commissioning positive psychology picture books about crayons with identity issues to boost its sales. But then again, maybe it's just a coincidence that Drew Daywalt/Oliver Jeffers and Michael Hall are all writing/drawing about crayons in crisis, whether abandoned, lost or just plain confused by being mislabelled. The core message of this book is: be who you really are, not what the packaging says you should be. P [...]

    15. Again, a book that my review has been eaten by . What gives, ?This book was amazing. It says so much about labels and the boxes we put our kids in. Saw so many applications (while the majority run to transgender, but there's a broader spectrum (see what I did there?) than that). I had a much longer review with more thought put into it. Muzzy headed with a cold as I am right now, this will have to suffice. Perhaps I can revisit this book someday and write something a bit more thorough. Let's just [...]

    16. Cute book about being yourself, told as the story of a blue crayon that was mistakenly labeled red. I love the comments the other crayons make admiring his work, parodying the things that gallery-goers say about artists.

    17. A blue crayon, mislabeled red, has problems until he meets a new friend, who realizes what he can do.Something new for my colors story time. 6/11/15Might have been a bit much for my young story time crowd or maybe do it as the first book instead of as the third.

    18. This was such a touching story. It's about finding support from other's who give you the strength to be your true self and stop conforming to societal norms. Books that have deeper meanings like this will always be my favorite children's books.

    19. I loved this so much. I’m such a sucker for school supplies, plus the crayons’ comments and Blue’s grit and perseverance were fabulous.

    20. Although a metaphor for being trans, Red's story is more universally about not being who others expect you to be no matter how hard you try and the need to just be you! Really sweet and endearing.

    21. My 8-year old and I reserved all of the Caldecott contenders for 2015 from the library so that we could have some time enjoying and ranking them before the official winners were announced.I think this book was an effort to capitalize on the enormous success of the book, "The Day The Crayons Quit." Red is another crayon story, illustrated in crayon drawings, cut paper, and the digital manipulation of the two.The story line is about a blue crayon, who is factory labeled with a red label. No matter [...]

    22. A blue crayon labeled as red is not very good at being red at all. His fire trucks were all wrong. He thought more practice might help, but his strawberries didn’t look anything like Scarlet’s. When he tried to mix with other colors, like Yellow to make orange, it turned very green on him. His parents tried to warm him up with a scarf, but it didn’t work either. Everyone had advice for him, like just trying harder or sharpening himself to a new point. Nothing made any difference. Then he m [...]

    23. Red was a crayon, but he wasn't very good at being a red crayon.Despite his efforts, his parents and teacher help, and his grandparents advise, he just couldn't be a good red crayon. It took Red many disappointments and failures to realize it was nothing wrong with him. He just was blue. When he discovers he IS actually good at being Blue, everything looks easier and more pleasant, and it becomes obvious for everyone what a talented blue crayon he is.What made Red a "loser" was that he couldn't [...]

    24. There are certain things you will never be able to do, no matter how much you try. Your teacher can model, your parents can encourage, your friends can help, but there's just no point. Give up quickly and only do the things that you're naturally good at and meant to do! That's the road to happiness.(I hated the book.)My son, thank goodness, was less grumpy about the book. He thought that maybe the message was more like "you might be one way on the outside but another on the inside." He still did [...]

    25. Labels are helpful when wanting to know the ingredients in a particular food product, how often to take a specific medicine, or the needed number of applications for a foolproof fertilizer for the lawn and garden. These labels are designed to inform and protect. When labels are given to people rather than things their value diminishes. Even if the label for someone is good, it might tend to stop us from truly knowing them. If we are told over and over we are one thing, it might be hard to uncove [...]

    26. This is a really hard book for me to rate. While I love the pictures and the humor in the story, the message is a very serious one. If the book were to be interpreted as a story about not putting labels on others, I would definitely give this book a higher rating. However, I have a feeling this book will be (and is) more about your insides not matching your outsides and the gender confusion that is prevalent in today's society. I don't want to debate with anyone, but for me, personally, I don't [...]

    27. A beautiful story how labels don't work and what you feel inside is what counts. Hurtful judgements also need to stop from peers and adults. "Frankly I don't think he's very bright, well I think he's lazy, Right! He's got to press harder, Really apply himself,"Some children, teens and adults don't fit the mold they are different, no one should make them stay in the column society deems is where they belong. "Sometimes I wonder if he's really red at all. Don't be silly. It says red on his label. [...]

    28. I like how the story shows that how characters (and people!) aren't always what someone else expects them to be. Sometimes, they are just perfect the way they are. Red is not a red crayon- it is blue. Red struggles to fit in as red but just can't. Then one day, a violet crayon asks it to draw a blue ocean for its boat. Red doesn't think it can, but then realizes it can. Red if finally able to reach its full potential! Great story for the underdogs.

    29. Red is about a crayon who is labeled as being "red" but is really a blue crayon. As other crayons try to help him be a red crayon it takes a special crayon to help him really discover who he really is inside. As any crayon book should be it is illustrated with lots of color and with drawings similar to what a child would draw, which they will certainly relate to. The illustrator's use of white space is superb. ~The Librarian Uncle

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