Perfect Picture Book Friday! Swatch by Julia Denos

23 Jul

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is visually stunning.

swatchSwatch; The Girl Who Loved Color
By Julia Denos
40 pages – ages 5+

Published by Balzer + Bray on March 15, 2016

Theme/Topic- Art/Creativity

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “In a place where colors ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still.

Her name was Swatch, and she was a color tamer.”

Publisher’s Synopsis: “In a place where color ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and color was her passion. From brave green to in-between gray to rumble-tumble pink . . . Swatch wanted to collect them all. But colors don’t always like to be tamed. . . “

What I Thought- The art in this book is phenomenal! It really does seem as if the colors are alive! It is a very unique idea, and I think one that has several subtle, underlying messages as well, such as it not being right to cage wild animals. Ms. Denos has a great writing style, reminding me of a fairytale. I enjoyed this book very much, and hope to read more by Ms. Denos!


Activities and Resources- has a great activity on ways to finger paint with children HERE. I think the activity will go great with the book!

For a full preview of the book, visit the HarperCollins website HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

12 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Swatch by Julia Denos”

  1. Barbara July 23, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Ooh, this really appeals to me. I LOVE books that lend themselves to art projects. I’m pinning this so I don’t forget to grab it for my new class in September. Thanks, Erik!


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks July 31, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

      I bet they’ll love it! I also bet that you’ll have a great activity to go with it. 🙂


  2. Patricia Tilton July 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    Yes, this appeals to me too! Such beautiful illustrations and a great story.


  3. Lynn July 26, 2016 at 8:31 am #

    What a lovely idea!


  4. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog July 26, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    I love the artwork I could see here! Sounds like a book I will have to check out. Love the cover! 🙂


  5. nocturnalsworld July 27, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

    You’re right – the cover is absolutely stunning! So striking. I know the old adage is don’t judge a book by it’s cover…but sometimes, how can you not?


  6. donnagalanti August 2, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    This book looks like so much fun! very vibrant!


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