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The color monster : a story about emotions
Uniform Title:
Monstruo de colores. English
1st U.S. ed.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
General Note:
Translation copyright ©2018 by Hachette Book Group.
Emotions, including happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, are described through the actions of a monster sorting them out.


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The international bestseller that helps young children identify emotions and feel more in control , now available in a classic picture book format.
One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result. Caregivers will enjoy sharing this concept book that taps into both socio-emotional growth and color concepts in a simple, friendly way.

Author Notes

Anna Llenas is an author, illustrator, and art therapist. Before creating her worldwide favorite The Color Monster , she was a graphic designer and creative director, working with top brands in Spain. Anna is the creator of Products Anna Llenas, a brand of clever home goods, and also the author of Little Mole , Labyrinth of the Soul , The Emptiness , I Love You (Almost Always), The Sun Is Late , If I Were a Cat , Journal of Emotions , and What's the Matter, Miola? In addition, she illustrated Ratolina Goes to the Circus . She lives in Barcelona.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-In this Spanish import, children can learn to compartmentalize feelings through colors. Multihued Color Monster "woke up feeling confused, and he doesn't know why." His friend, a young girl, helps detangle his jumbled-up feelings by having him separate each one into its own color jar. She explains, how happiness "shines yellow like the sun," where sadness "is lonely and blue like a rainy day." She extrapolates on each explored feeling with examples such as "When you are calm, you breathe deeply. You feel at peace." With a background in art therapy, Llenas finds an approachable way for kids to identify feelings, and allows for the understanding that one can have many emotions at once. Color Monster never goes into why he is feeling a certain emotion, allowing space for readers to attach personal meaning to their own emotions and feelings. It also shows kids it is okay to cry when you feel sad, and how sometimes naming a feeling and separating it from another feeling is enough. Llenas's use of watercolor, pastels, and collage on a variety of styles of papers and cardboard has a three-dimensional aspect, enveloping readers into each world of feeling. The book's open ending shows Color Monster experiencing a new feeling, allowing for extrapolation and further conversations. -VERDICT A great guide and conversation starter for one-on-one, storytime, or early elementary and SEL classrooms.--Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

In this inviting exploration of colors and emotions, young readers and listeners are introduced to a Color Monster who woke up feeling confused, and he doesnt know why. A little girl helps him sort out his emotions by first identifying and untangling them (Your emotions dont work well when theyre all jumbled up) and then associating them with colors that run parallel to elements of nature and real-life experiences. Her comparisons help young children themselves acknowledge different emotions and how they may react when they feel happy, sad, angry, etc. For example, This is happiness. It shines yellow like the sun and twinkles like the stars. When youre happy, you laugh and jump and dance and play!This is anger. It burns red like a fire and is hard to stamp out. Llenass mixed-media illustrations mimic a childs drawings with their combination of energetic and calming colors, patterns, and textures; they perfectly complement the theme of the book. Useful as a conversation starter (How are you feeling today?) and as bibliotherapy, the story should resonate with children whose emotions are not always easy to control. aishah abdul-musawwir (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

A kid helps a monster sort out his emotions.A monster arrives, multicolored, with frowning mouth and troubled eyes. "Are you all mixed up again, Color Monster?" asks an inexplicably annoyed-looking child. Then, either the child or a narrative voice proclaims, "Your emotions don't work well when they're all jumbled up." The child, now smiling, offers to help separate the monster's emotions "and put each one in its own jar." Each emotion is assigned one color, and the monster turns that color only (rather than multicolored) while that feeling is explained. Placing emotions literally into jars implies an odd repressiveness, while declarations such as "When you're sad, youwant to be alone" are unnecessarily universalizing. The textual descriptions sometimes contradict the visual messages, showing aesthetically cheerful or peaceful artwork for spreads about sadness or confusion. However, taken on their own, the multimedia illustrations are downright splendid. Using wax colors, watercolor pencils, acrylics, pencil, and collage, Llenas lays out entrancing textures and hues in enthralling compositions with plenty of white space. Lines are scribble-style, checkered, and swirled; background paper is graphed, perforated, and newsprinted. Cardboard or cardstock cutouts, punctured and layered, look as though they could be felt by readers' fingertips. Shapes are irregular and organic like home-cut crafts. Tugged across a blank white spread by the eager child, the multicolored monster trails collaged ribbons of color.Ignore the lackluster, prescriptive textget this Spanish import for its fabulous artwork. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

The Color Monster woke up with his emotions all in a jumble, so he needs help separating them into jars. Yellow is happiness, blue is sadness, green is calm. In the end, with his emotions sorted and easy to process, he has room for a new color a positive, loving pink to take over. It is no surprise that Llenas is an art therapist with a background in emotional education, as this book helps process emotions using beautiful, affirming language (it's okay to cry, fear can make you feel tiny, etc.). What is surprising is that a debut picture book can be so visually rich and poetically told. The mixed-media collage artwork, utilizing everything from cardboard to graph paper to Spanish-language newspaper, gives each spread an appealing, tactile, three-dimensional look, and there is a particularly gorgeous two-page spread with Color Monster flinging his anger in red-paint splashes across the opposite page. This insightful read-aloud is a strong addition for everything from a color-themed storytime to a parenting collection.--Becca Worthington Copyright 2018 Booklist

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