Neon Leon

illus. by Britta Teckentrup. 24p. Nosy Crow. Jul. 2018. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763699154.
PreS-Gr 1—Leon is a bright orange chameleon who cannot change colors like other chameleons. He is a little self-conscious about this and feels bad that he doesn't quite fit in. Leon goes in search of a place where he can blend in and ultimately meets his match. This interactive picture book for young children is entertaining and informative, without going into much detail about the life of chameleons. Kids will learn that chameleons change colors to match their environment. Questions on some pages encourage readers to respond to the text and offer suggestions to help Leon along his journey. The book is great for identifying colors and even a few landforms. The full-page, digitally created illustrations are delightfully colorful, with Leon's fluorescent orange color emphasizing just how much he stands out.
VERDICT A simple look at nature and searching for one's place in the world. A colorful addition to most collections.

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