Perfect Picture Book Friday! Swatch by Julia Denos

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!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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12 replies

  1. 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!

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

  3. What a lovely idea!

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

  5. 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. This book looks like so much fun! very vibrant!

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