Every so often a picture book jumps out at you with its title and illustrated cover, and The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo did just that!
An intriguing and beautifully illustrated picture book, it is certain to become a favourite in our household, and provoke a few questions along the way too!
The Colour Thief
Zot lives in a world without colour – no green grass, no blue sky, no yellow sun and no red flowers. From his lonely mountaintop on an unnamed planet, he gazes at the Earth, vibrant with brilliant colour, and thinks it must be a very happy place.
Zot sets off to steal some of that colour (happiness) for himself . . . and everything goes according to plan until he meets a small boy with an orange balloon! The Colour Thief is a lovely simple story which also manages to be very thought provoking.
Zot opened his mouth and called out in a strange language. In reply, all the red soared through the air and into his open bag.
I don’t want to spoil the story, other than to say my daughter loved the ending and talked about it continuously, possibly because at the tender age of three she wouldn’t have been as willing to act as the small boy in the story did!
The author, Gabriel Alborozo, lives in London and has been a freelance illustrator for the past twenty five years. He began work as a cartoonist at the tender age of fifteen working for magazines such as Private Eye, Punch and The Spectator. The Colour Thief is Gabriel’s first picture book for Bloomsbury – may there be many more!
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (14 Aug 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408847531
- ISBN-13: 978-1408847534
- Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 25 x 0.9 cm