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"Innovative and thoroughly enjoyable."- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"A wildly entertaining spin on color theory."- Publishers Weekly , STARRED REVIEW

Best-selling picture book creator Christopher Silas Neal is diving into the world of original board books with Animal Colors , a book that humorously mashes up two animals of different colors to create a unique and funny creature!

When a blue whale and a yellow lion mix, it makes a . . .

Green Whion

In this delightful board book with bold, striking images, Christopher Silas Neal combines animals of different colors and species to form one unique creature! Children will have endless fun guessing what brand-new, made-up animal will appear next! This book will have them playing and guessing with each reread and features a list of color combinations from the book for kids to reference!

40 pages, Board book

First published January 1, 2018

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Christopher Silas Neal

28 books34 followers
Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning author and illustrator of picture books including Over and Under the Snow with author Kate Messner, which was praised for its "stunning retro-style illustrations" (New York Times), was a 2011 New York Times Editor's Choice and an E.B. White Honoree in 2012. Neal's author debut titled "Everyone" was praised by Publisher's Weekly as "simple, honest, lyrical". He speaks about his books, the art making process, and his career at schools, conferences, libraries and book festivals across the country. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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Author 5 books62 followers
July 27, 2019
Great, simple, funny concept with some fun complex words ("Turquoise Rhinotoise", "Chartreuse Kangoose"). Gonna try this one in my storytime rotation!
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5,873 reviews292 followers
October 12, 2018
Throw together a Blue Rhino and a Green Tortoise and what do you get?

A Turquoise Rhortoise, of course!

This is a fun little board book that takes on the concept of color mixing. The pictures are fun and bright and the whole idea is quite novel.
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307 reviews5 followers
December 22, 2018
this was not what I was expecting! and you don't expect that to be about a book that seems so simplistic. But this was a funny and surprising read about mixing colors and animals. I would use for a storytime or a simple color lesson
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10.2k reviews94 followers
June 19, 2018
Wonderfully creative introduction to colors, animals, and combining. Expect youngsters to draw their own fantasy combo animals after reading this fun book.
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February 2, 2019
Fun with colors. For this board book the animals are shown in their colors but the difference is that you can mix animals and their colors to make new animals. Also, the author has so many funny puns, like a “sleepy lion” nonagon “YAWN-AGON.” There are shapes in it also which can be mixed with the colors of the animals which creates these very fun things. Full of bold colors and fun filled illustrations. The author created a very surprising book with a very fun spin on learning colors, shapes and animals. Ideally, I would read this book after I read the ABC Animals! book. When this happens the children could see the differences between the two books.

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4,117 reviews109 followers
June 30, 2018
This bright board book offers a mix of animals, colors and wordplay that is immensely engaging. The book takes one colored animal, mixes it with another animal and then ends up with an odd hybrid. For example, a blue whale and a yellow lion mix together to make a “Green Whion.” This continues through the book moving from primary colors mixing into secondary ones and then on to more complicated color combinations. The wordplay adds a delightful silliness to the book, making it impossible to quite guess what is on the next page. A colorful whimsical board book worth sharing. Appropriate for ages 2-3.
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1,334 reviews7 followers
March 5, 2019
I like the color mixing. I like the illustrations. But it’s a board book. I feel the idea of animal mixing is a bit over my toddler’s head. We are working on animal names. We are working on color identification. This is just confusing. Also- Whion? How is that pronounced? I think they made particularly poor choices of animal mixing with the exception of the chartreuse kangamoose. Maybe if they all rhymed I’d like this book better.
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977 reviews21 followers
July 9, 2020
Over kleuren en het effect wanneer je ze mengt. Nuttig, en een goede poging om het ludiek aan te pakken, maar het resultaat is niet zo geweldig als je zou verwachten. Door niet enkel de kleuren te mengen maar ook de dieren tegelijk met elkaar te kruisen, komen er heel bizarre schepsels uit, die de aandacht helemaal wegnemen van de kleuren zelf.
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449 reviews22 followers
September 9, 2020
Beautiful art, but not what i was hoping for. Unfortunately the animals are not real in both structure or color making it very confusing for a young child. This would be great for a 6+ year old who can understand fantasy, but since it's in a board book format i'm assuming the target age is much younger.
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1,220 reviews4 followers
February 15, 2019
Perfect for giggly toddlers, what do you get when a blue whale and a yellow lion mix? Well, a green whion of course. Yes, it teaches about mixing colors....but really....it will just make your giglebox laugh. Good lighthearted fun.
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1,627 reviews
February 22, 2019
As long as the kiddos are clear that the COLORS are real but the ANIMALS are a joke, this would be a fun read-aloud. Might be fun to pair with a finger-paint activity.
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395 reviews1 follower
December 11, 2019
Pretty fun. Definitely pushes the envelope with color mixing beyond the obvious combos. The wordplay with combined animals is also pretty out there. The artwork is kinda "meh" though.
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565 reviews1 follower
March 11, 2021
Multicolored animals blend their colors into fantastical imaginary hybrid creatures
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2,275 reviews5 followers
March 2, 2023
Mixing of colors and animals for humorous imaginary beasties. Magenta skunkey was my favorite.
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