Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael HallRed: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall

Red: A Crayon's Story

byMichael Hall

Hardcover | February 3, 2015

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A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark! Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way. Red will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit, and makes a great gift for readers of any age!

Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let's draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can't be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He's blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.

Michael Hall was once a scientist and has always been a Frankenstein fan. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, includingMy Heart Is Like a Zoo,Perfect Square, and It’s anOrange Aardvark!He lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Title:Red: A Crayon's StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11.5 × 8.25 × 0.25 inPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062252070

ISBN - 13:9780062252074


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for any age This book has a touching message about being yourself, despite what others may expect you to be or how you may be labelled. Highly recommended. Could be used to start important discussions with teens as well as younger children.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and Brilliant An absolutely fantastic book for children, and one that explains being gender non-binary, or transgendered to children (and to adults honestly) in an incredibly concise and clear way. Though the author says that this message wasn't intentional, with the cultural awareness and conversation around that topic makes this one of the best and most concise metaphors for the topic. It's fun, positive, and inspirational. Well worth checking out.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! This book is simply brilliant. It has such a strong message that is so important and it is told in such a wonderful way. Children need to know it's okay to be who they are and this book is a good conversation starter. A must for your library.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet Story This endearing story about a blue crayon that gets a red label resonates with children. It is a powerful message about being true to ourselves.
Date published: 2016-11-25

Editorial Reviews

“[A] smart, insightful coming-of-age story for [the] youngest readers.”