Neon Leon (Hardcover)
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Everyone knows that chameleons are the best at fitting in. But Leon is an exception. Leon is neon! In fact, he's so bright that he keeps all the other chameleons awake at night. Poor Leon is lonely, so he goes off in search of somewhere he won't be a nuisance. In this delightful interactive book filled with vibrant neon artwork, children can help Leon on his journey by counting his steps, sending him to sleep, and giving him lots of reassurance when he's feeling down. But will he ever find a place where he can fit in?
About the Author
Jane Clarke is the author of more than seventy books for young children, including Who Woke the Baby?, illustrated by Charles Fuge. She enjoys visiting schools and loves animals, country walks, fossil hunts, meeting up with her sons and their families in the U.K. and U.S., and having fun with her grandchildren. Jane Clarke lives in Kent, England.
Britta Teckentrup has created more than thirty books that have been translated into twenty languages. Her illustrations have appeared in magazines and on homeware, clothes, and packaging. She lives and works in Berlin with her artist husband; her son, Vincent; and their cat.
Opportunities to learn colors and numbers abound. Best of all, empathetic preschoolers will realize through their interactions with Leon that sometimes, we just need a little time to find our people and our places in the world. This brilliant, heartwarming gem helps tots develop intellectually and emotionally...Interactive reading at its best.
In a second picture book, a maladapted chameleon is stuck in a predicament that brings to mind Raymond Chandler’s brilliant line about a fellow looking “about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food cake.” For the protagonist of “Neon Leon” (Nosy Crow, 22 pages, $14.99), the problem is color. In Britta Teckentrup’s bold illustrations, Leon stands out in electric orange against the gentler greens, grays and blues of the world. “Oh dear,” writes Jane Clarke in this chatty tale for 2- to 5-year-olds, “Leon’s so bright, he’s keeping all the other chameleons awake! What a lot of grumpy chameleons!” Will Leon find his place in the world? (Well, yes, but where?).
—The Wall Street Journal