Cornerstones Book Club – review of The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo

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In this week's book review, Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton gives her verdict on The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo, a picture book suitable for Key Stage 1 children.

Let a Colour Thief steal your heart!

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Leilah Skelton, Senior Bookseller.

The Colour Thief combines beautiful illustrations in engaging spreads with a quietly effectual message about greed, the nature of happiness, consideration of others, and the power of small acts of kindness. In short, it is a wonderful, thought-provoking picture book.

As the story progresses, there is a subtle shift as Zot absorbs the colours that he takes. He becomes more colourful, and the world becomes a greyer place. In the end we learn that a small personal sacrifice can be a gift of happiness, and happiness can spread a long, long way.

I consider the mark of a good picture book to be this: if the words were not printed, would the pictures ‘tell’ the same story? In this case, absolutely yes, they would. In fact, they say all the words and more…

This isn’t your average picture book. This is a showcase of a vibrant new talent, and it is out of this world!

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