Tell Me About Colors, Shapes, and Opposites - Thao Lam
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Tell Me About Colors, Shapes, and Opposites

Tell Me About Colors, Shapes, and Opposites

Tell Me About Colors, Shapes, and Opposites

A couple of weeks ago I received two large boxes of children’s books and I have been slowly making my way through them. The last two months has been super busy. And, to prevent myself from having a nervous breakdown, I have been taking mini breaks during the long workday — making myself a cup of tea and flipping through one book at a time. Keep reading…

Tell Me About Colors, Shapes, and Opposites is written by Delphine Badreddine and illustrated by Aurélie Guillerey, is friends of ours at Owlkids Books. Tell Me About Colors, Shapes, and Opposites is an educational book that is beautifully disguised as a storybook. With very little text, the book is meant to help readers develop word recognitions. The story follows two siblings and a mischievous cat as they play and learn in different everyday situations.

The highly stylized illustration does a wonderful job of making learning fun. The illustration has a retro European feel. It’s made up of simple black and gray graphic shapes and lines with a touch of colour. The limited colour palette is cleverly used to highlight each section of the book, for example the colour orange is the only colour featured in the section titled, “What are you hiding?” and the colour yellow is used to highlight “When are you going?”

I love the illustrations in Tell Me About Colors, Shapes, and Opposites and now consider myself a big fan of Aurélie Guillerey’s work. I want to thank Owlkids Books for introducing me to such a talented illustrator and for being the highlight of my workweek. Flipping through Owlkids Books October publication has been a treat for eyes that have been starting at a computer screen for 18 hours a day. Thank you!

Tell Me About Colors, Shapes, and Opposites,a children’s book review by Thao Lam

Author Delphine Badreddine

I searched the web and there is very little info on Delphine Badreddine. According Owlkids Book’s press release Delphine has an extensive background in publishing. She was the managing editor at Bayard Editions for many years and also a publishing partner at Editions Escabelle, a new children’s publishing house in France.


Illustrator Aurélie Guillerey

French illustrator Aurélie Guillerey was born in 1975 in Besançon, France. She studied illustration in the studio of Claude Lapointe at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg.

Aurélie’s portfolio is pretty awesome and browsing through it was a welcomed break from a busy workday.


Publisher Owlkids Books; Reprint edition (October 16, 2012)

ISBN-10 1926973542

ISBN-13 978-1926973548