Picture Book Review: It’s a Great Big Colorful World

It's a Great, Big Colorful World by Tom Schamp
It’s a Great, Big Colorful World
by Tom Schamp

2 out of 5 stars

This book is much too chaotic, with a lot of random text all over the page and wild illustrations of random things. The whole thing is aimless, and doesn’t tell a story or have any structure other than to group colors together. It’s too busy for a child to be able to focus on anything. If it were 20 or even 30 items on the page, I would have enjoyed it more. I counted over 50 separate items on one page, not counting the text.
The text doesn’t always make sense. There’s a picture of a rabbit coming out of a hat, and the text says, “Rabbit with prunes?” I have no clue what that means. The text next to a paint can reads, “Is this soup? Red soup is a fact of life.” Next to a blue airplane, the text says, “Can you fly through a faucet? These days almost all mail travels by cloud.” A blue swan has the text, “These swans don’t sirens or flashing blue lights.” That’s not even a sentence! And there is nothing else on the page that I can see that does have sirens and flashing blue lights. So what are they comparing it to?

I’m not really sure who this book is for. It doesn’t seem to be for children, because a lot of the pop references to the Beatles or National Geographic Magazine would be over their heads. But it’s not for teens or adults either, because the drawings and organization is too juvenile. There were a lot of pop references that I didn’t even recognize, and popular sayings or idioms that I didn’t know.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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