Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Review: The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large hardcover
Released: August 14th, 2014
Rating: 9/10

Amazon summary:

Zot lives in a world without colour - no green grass, no blue sky, no yellow sun and no red flowers. From his lonely mountaintop, he gazes at Earth, sparkling with brilliant colour, and thinks it must be a very happy place. He sets off to steal some of that happiness for himself...


Bloomsbury have once again published a picture book that is not only a well-written story but is also visually stunning. Gabriel Alborozo has written and illustrated The Colour Thief, and in the process has made it one of the stand out picture book releases this year.

Zot is a little alien who lives in a world where there is no colour, only browns, blacks and greys. He longs to visit Earth in all its colourful glory and, when he gets the chance to do just that, he's faced with all the colours he could ever wish for and a decision that could change his world forever.

I really love the illustrations in this book. Zot is so cute and the use of colour - both light and dark - is so well executed. The story made me think, too, about what it would be like if we lived with no colour and what effect that would have on the human race. We rely on colours for so much - to brighten up a day, to identify objects, to ascertain the weather and which season it is. Without that the world would be a very different place, like Zot's, and I don't think it would be a pleasant living experience.

The Colour Thief is a lovely read with strong messages and fantastic art work. It's so colourful and fun to look at, so can be used as an educational learning tool too. I think anyone reading this will instantly fall in love with Zot, especially because he's so little and just plain cute! Also, he has a spaceship, and what's cooler than that?

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