By Barbara Ann Mojica on October 30, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
A simple but effective story that teaches children two lessons: 1) things are not always as they seem, and 2) be careful what you wish for. Amy is an energetic young girl who decides that she no longer likes the color red because the sticky, wet ketchup has stained and ruined her new blue dress. She associates the color red with a string of things that she doesn't like: for example, the color of the dog's tongue that stole her ice cream and the red scratch on her knee when she falls off her bicycle. That night Amy wishes on a star never to see the color red again.
On the following day, which happens to be Amy's birthday, everything that should be red at her party appears white. She can't see the red fire truck, the red balloons or the clown's red nose. Amy decides that maybe she overreacted. When the time comes to blow out the birthday candles, Amy makes another wish. Will Amy forever hate the color red? Can she live in a colorless world?
This book accurately reflects the ways in which a young child thinks and views the world. I love the author's choice of such a variety of red objects (98 in all). Objects range from flags and holiday symbols to food and animals. All of these are listed at the end of the book. Adults can make this a game of common object recognition.
I recommend this book highly for preschool and early elementary age children either as a read aloud or a beginning reader. This particular book is available in kindle and paperback. The author has written a variety of books for children and young adults. Check them out.
This book was a fun read! Kaitlyn, my 3 year old, saw it on the counter and wanted to read it right away. She loved that the crayon on the cover is crossed out and that premise really intrigued her.
Kaitlyn loved the cover and immediately interpreted the crossed out crayon to mean that she needed to color in the book. Usually, this would give me so much stress: to have her 'ruin' a book by coloring in it. But, I've been practicing letting go lately, and I was happy that the cover inspired her and excited her enough to engage with the book. Plus she colored only on the inside title page, so that made it a little better (for me).
The story was engaging and simple enough for Kaitlyn to follow: Amy is having things go wrong in her life and they all have to do with the color red. Amy wishes to never see red again, but then realizes that she's missing out on things when her wish comes true.
The hand-drawn illustrations are such a nice touch, and I like that they make this book unique. The story was fun to read and Kaitlyn liked it so much that she requested I read No More Red again right away, which is rare for her. I liked that this book is fun but also has a subtle message.
We've read and enjoyed Bonnie Ferrante's books before and look forward to her next story!