Wake Up, Color Pup
Author and Illustrator: Taia Morley
Published March 12, 2019 by Random House
GoodReads Summary: A beautiful picture book about a little pup’s colorful journey through the range of his emotions!
A bright yellow bird promises to bring adventure to sleepy Pup’s gray world. As Pup follows his new friend on a walk, each discovery ignites a new feeling and corresponding color, until Pup is saturated with them. But when a storm comes, Pup’s color is drained as fear sweeps through him. Only his curious yellow friend remains bright, and encourages him to keep his chin up, play, and carry on!
This is a remarkably simple and resonant examination of exploration and resilience, and introduces the idea of abstract association.
My Review: I loved the concept behind this book! The puppy is an energetic, spritely character, and he bounces through life and experiences a range of emotions. With each emotion, the page is lit up with color. The story is very sweet, and the rhymes flow well. My two-year-old loves reading this book and is drawn to the colorful pages. It is a great way to practice colors together. If you aren’t convinced that you need to check out this book, I recommend you check out the page spreads featured below. They are really quite captivating.
Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: Kids would have fun creating their own color-engaged stories. They might find a different metaphor than emotions and demonstrate how colors shift through the metaphor.
Discussion Questions: Which color page was your favorite, and why?; How does the author and illustrator demonstrate emotions through color?
Read This If You Love: Dogs; Photography
About the Author: Taia Morley has worked as a toy and game designer and is an illustrator whose work appears in books and magazines. Her books include My New Big-Kid Bed and some titles in the HarperCollins Let’s Read and Find Out series. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. To learn more, and to download a curriculum guide for her latest book, visit taiamorley.com.
**Thank you to Barbara at Blue Slip Media for providing a copy for review!!**