A bold, colorful, and playful board book introduce colors, while its companion addresses the numbers one to 10.
Conceived by Finnish designer Metsola, the book is visually very appealing. Each double-page spread is dedicated to one color, the layout composed of boxes with objects representing the color in question. Some of the boxes have a flap behind which children can find a variation of the object: behind two yellow dandelions are dandelions gone to seed, for instance. Children are encouraged to name each object as well as identify the one object on each spread that is a different color. The book is so visually appealing it will attract young children, and there is enough interactivity and challenge to keep them engaged. Not so for its companion book, Counting. Though it follows a similar format and is equally appealing designwise, as a concept book it does not work. Here, design trumps consistency. Most pages have illustrations that do not connect with the number. For example, for number four, there are four flowers and four butterflies, but there is also a rake, a spade, and a windmill. This lack of thematic unity will not help children learning their numbers.
Unlike its companion, Colors is a conceptual and visual winner. (Board book. 2-4)