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Charley Harper Colors Board book – Jun 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Board book: 22 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books; Brdbk edition (June 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429549
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 14.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 "Attention midcentury modern parents: The glorious work of Charley Harper, a visionary American illustrator, is here in board book format to complement your toddler's Oeuf bouncer and Dwell crib. Close-up extracts from classic Harper drawings are artfully used to illustrate colors...certain to mesmerize all ages." —The New York Times Book Review

About the Author


For over four decades, Charley Harper (1922-2007) provided art collectors with unique views of the natural world. In a style that Charley called "minimal realism," the artist created stylized drawings and paintings that captured the essence of his subjects using the fewest possible elements. He explained, "I don't count the feathers; I just count the wings."


Gloria Fowler is the Design Director of AMMO Books, a long time instructor at Art Center College of Design, and a mom with two kids.  She is the designer of a line of children's books and toys featuring the work of artist Charley Harper.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Vibrant Colors, Stimulating Illustrations July 24 2011
By SanityEludesMe - Published on
Format: Board book
I received a copy of Colors from the publisher for review.

My three-year-old daughter and I read this one together. She is just learning to read and mastering all the different colors. The illustrations are vibrant and very visually pleasing. I love how the text is in the color as well, to help the child recognize the color name. The prose is easy for a beginning reader with a few more challenging words tossed in to help build vocabulary. My daughter wanted to read it over and over again!

I definitely recommend this one for toddler/preschool readers!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very Nice. Nov. 9 2011
By The Best Out West - Published on
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I really like this book. I got it for my one year old (confession, it's for both of us) and was pleasantly surprised at the artwork. I love Charlie Harper and I'm hoping it will transpire to my little guy. My only problem with the book is that it's too short. I guess if it was bigger, though, it would be too heavy for kids.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Different and intriguing! Sept. 16 2012
By E. Kerby - Published on
Format: Board book
I wanted to start reading to my baby so we got several board books, including Colors by Charley Harper. My daughter absolutely loves this book! She is almost three months old, so she definitely has no idea what colors are, or fish, or ladies with hot pink hats, or any of that, but the repeating patterns and the high-contrast images (which occur often throughout the book) kept her interest.

We will continue to enjoy this book as she gets older. It's kind of nice, because the left pages are colored to match the color that is mentioned from the picture on the right. So, looking at the pictures, even when there is a lot going on, it is clear what color is being talked about because that color is so well-emphasized on the left.

This is a wonderful, beautifully artistic step up from other color books. I like this book because it teaches something simple (colors) in an interesting way. I think it engages the left side of the brain (essentially helping children memorize names of colors and match them with hues) and the right side of the brain (perceiving patterns and shapes in the fanciful artwork).

I highly recommend this to anyone who reads to small children; it really is excellent.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
we love Charley Harper's graphics Dec 13 2014
By Galimatia - Published on
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Yes, we love Charley Harper's graphics. The problem is that this book is more for adults than the children for whom it is supposed to be a color-learning aid. The images often consist of multiple colors, so it's confusing, and the designs are a bit too intricate to make sense to the age group to whom it is directed. If I read this book to my son everyday, he would not know the difference between pink and blue. There are pages where the text is like, "Ladies swimming in BLUE water," but the ladies are the focal point of the page and are pink, for instance. There is a "Top Secret Experiment" that is supposed to convey the color brown, but brown is one of 5 other colors, equally represented relative to the other colors. This is a gorgeous book, but they should market it for older kids and come up with a better use for it because it is not helpful for teaching colors at all.
Great for all ages Feb. 23 2015
By Shopper M - Published on
Format: Board book
One of my 15 month old's favorite books. He loves the high contrast images. They seem to "pop" off the pages, and he loves to touch them as we read. As a parent of a child that wants to always read books, this is one I could read over and over and not get annoyed. It's not cutesy or cartoony. It doesn't have annoying rhymes or words that are made up just so they rhyme. A great one!