Author(s): Bill Martin Jr; Eric Carle
Colour and animals are used in this book alongside a simple rhyming text and lots of repetition. The question and answer technique takes the reader through a range of animals and colours as a big green frog, a plump purple cat, a cheeky monkey and many more march across the pages. Children soon learn the book by heart and recognise the colours and the animals.
Carle's books all have an educational element - they teach about animals, numbers, colours and nature - but a big part of their appeal is that they are not didactic or laboured, but light and entertaining. There's warmth and humour there too - Junior Carle's richly hued, collage-like art and gentle text will be comfortingly familiar to his numerous young devotees - Publishers Weekly Eric Carle ... has an unfailing magic. His gentle, glowing collages are satisfying for parent and child - The Times
Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children. He was born in New York, but spent his early life in Germany. He returned to the States in his early twenties and worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times. He went on to be the art director of an advertising agency before he began writing and illustrating children's books. Eric lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara. The Carles opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002.
Bill Martin Jr, a former elementary school principal, and then teacher, writer and poet, held a doctoral degree in childhood education. His many books, among them bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? are testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Born and raised in Kansas, Bill Martin Jr spent the last eleven years of his life in Texas, where he died in 2004.