Can a chameleon find happiness with a purple-spotted ball, a brown cowboy boot or a red-and-white striped sock?
Well, no. But the lonely chameleon of this story tries his best. He breaks out in purple spots and curls himself into a ball. He fades to a dusty brown, stands himself up like a boot and says, “Howdy.” He turns stripy, dangles from a clothesline and asks the sock, “Can I hang out with you?”
Emily Gravett mixes the concepts of color and shape in this humorous book about the search for a friend. The “blue” chameleon tries his luck with several other objects and animals, including a pink cockatoo, a yellow banana and an orange fish. He even turns white on one white page, though the page is textured so that children can feel his shape.
This story is one of those gems that are simple enough for baby story time, but engaging enough to make older children and adults chuckle. The colored-pencil drawings of the loveable main character are nice and big. And he nearly explodes with color when he finally finds the perfect buddy.
Check the WRL catalog for Blue Chameleon.