I’ll admit, I requested this book solely because there was a fox on the cover. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a well written children’s book and I’ve been known to review them from time to time, but they’re definitely not my go to by any means. I don’t have any kids, after all, and therefore don’t find much need to read them regularly. But on the rare occasion that I do happen upon one of interest, I definitely give it my attention.
As for A Colorful Tail, while I certainly appreciated the fox—adorable and perfect as so many of them are—and I was certainly a large fan of his love of colors, the actual text in the story was kind of a disappointment. The idea was great, the illustrations were beautiful, the introduction of art and Monet to young children was fantastic. But where this story lost me as a children’s book and will certainly lose many children was with its language.
Certainly no child interested in this particular book is going to be able to read a two syllable word. Chances are they won’t be able to read much at all. And to throw in words that the average child likely wont have been introduced to in any real way of understanding what it means definitely is going to take their interest away from the story. I don’t know about the rest of you, but my niece is going to be far more interested in Brown Bear, Brown Bear than the “delicate petals” and “cerulean blue” referenced in A Colorful Tail.
As an adult, I did really appreciate reading the authors note and the bit of background information that it gave as well as some cool hints into how the illustrations were going to be. Still, I hardly see a child being all too interested in that portion even if I was.
So, as great as the story is and as great as the illustrations are—hello, there, my beautiful fox—I just don’t see this book being a great hit with a lot of kids as a result of the advanced language it uses. I can certainly see it being worthwhile for some parents and children to be introduced to, but the average kid likely will want you to read that one book that rhymes to them again and again.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.