The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings

The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings

by Anna Llenas


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"This sensitive book . . . encourages young ones to open up and discuss how they feel, even when their thoughts are confusing." —Parents

We teach toddlers to identify colors, numbers, shapes, and letters—but what about their feelings? By illustrating such common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, this sensitive book gently encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers. And kids will LOVE the bright illustrations and amazing 3-D pop-ups on every page!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454917298
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 20
Sales rank: 33,958
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

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The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Junjunyu 7 months ago
SO much surprises pop up form the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually love this book. I am a child psychologist and use it with very young children, who can't developmentally handle a more nuanced discussion on emotions and identifying emotions. I disagree with the critiques on this book, particularly that it encourages children to "bottle up" their feelings. That wasn't my interpretation at all. My interpretation is that the color monster is experiencing several emotions at once, and it is very confusing and overwhelming. The young girl in the story helps him to stop, analyze and identify which emotions he/she is experiencing. Only the "BIG" emotions are discussed, which I think is appropriate for young children, since it is already hard enough for them to distinguish sadness, anger and fear. As children get those basic emotions, then one can move into the discussion that you can experience any combination of emotions at one time, and that they are not entities unto themselves and only experienced one at a time. If blue is calming to you, then that's fine. However, for all intensive purposes, the colors are just used to help associate feelings for kids. We have the phrase "feeling blue," so it makes sense they would use blue to represent sadness. Most people associate red with anger as well so that makes sense. Green as being calm, also aligns with the ZONES of regulation (Green means Go, or I'm doing ok) so that made sense to me as a practitioner. Joy being yellow also makes sense as a sunny color, and can be used in tandem with the movie Inside Out, which many use in therapy as well. All in all, I really love this book and the pop ups are lovely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is our favorite book at home! Is lovely, the pop ups are well done and my kids always want to read this book!
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
I'm not particularly fond of monsters. Well, what I mean is monster stories and all the stuff 'n nonsense that goes along with scary, hairy stuff. But I recently had the opportunity to snag two or three "monster" books written for the very young, and I have been delightfully surprised. In Anna Llenas' The Color Monster: A Pop-up Book of Feelings there is a wonderful presentation in page after page of engaging pop-ups that children will absolutely love. They virtually leap off the page. What is doubly nice about the book is the simplistic drawings. Just picture in your mind how a child would draw a "scary monster." Well, that is much the way these drawings are. And the way this fun book takes the scary out of our feelings of sadness (blue), anger (red), fear (black), happiness (yellow), calm (green), and that sweet-pink-feeling of love is artistically unique. Delightful monsters and delightful illustrations that kiddies will love. About the author/illustrator: Anna Llena has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master in Art-Therapy from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. A Diploma in Graphic Design from the Llotja School of Barcelona and Formed in Graduate Creative Illustration by Eina School in Barcelona. Professionally she works as author and illustrator of books as an art therapist. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review from Sterling Publishing. Opinions are mine and I was not compensated.
Edaylew More than 1 year ago
Though well meaning, I think unfortunately this book is borderline racist and promotes a rigid view of emotions. The story has a confused color monster character sort out his/her feelings by identifying them with the colors he/she is made of: green = Calm, yellow = Happiness, blue = Sadness, Red = Anger, Pink = Love and black = Fear. The color monster understands his/her emotions by separating them and putting them in colored jars. Aside from the obvious racial stereotype problem of associating black with fear - which alone is enough to stop me from reading this book to my grandchild - the simplistic presentation of emotions as being all one thing or another and only understood by "bottling them up" is counter to what I believe is a healthy psychological approach which would encourage a child to "let out" his or her emotions and then understand them. Moreover, more often a young child is apt to feel two conflicting emotions at once: fear and love, or happiness and sadness. The story line of the book promotes the idea of a "right answer": blue = Sadness, as opposed to an exploration of how the child might describe the feeling of sadness or conversely, how the child might feel blue makes them happy and then possibly think or feel subliminally "I feel happy when I see blue, there's something wrong with me." Although this beautifully illustrated book tries to be an entree to exploring the swirling emotions inside young children, I believe it does so in a stereotypical and controlling way.