A Colourless Tale! Reviewed By Conny Crisalli of
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Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader and volunteers with the elderly playing her designed The Write Word Game. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

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By Conny Withay
Published on April 14, 2013

Author/Illustrator: Brendan McNeely
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 9781481912099

Author/Illustrator: Brendan McNeely
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 9781481912099

Professor Winklecrank agreed, so Eve and Harry grabbed the hoses and set to work. Professor Winklecrank watched with delight as they sprayed bright colours everywhere!” Brendan McNeely writes in his children’s book, A Colourless Tale!

At forty unnumbered pages, this paperback book is in large eight and a half by eleven inch size format with brightly coloured drawings showing two children with a hose above them on the front cover. The back jacket is in red and there are three small toys drawn with a couple of sentences about the book’s contents and no author information or biography. With no profanity or scary situations, the book is geared toward young preschool or kindergarten aged children. The English word colour may confuse young American readers who spell it as “color.”

In this short tome, Eve and Harry are two bored children, too bored to watch television, too bored to play games and too bored to play with their toys. Eve goes to bed, wishing something exciting would happen as she drifts off to sleep.

The next morning, Eve wakes up to find there is no colour, anywhere. When she wakes Harry up with the odd news, she notices only his hair is orange. The two run outside to find the only coloured items are a blue dog, a pink elephant, and a green chicken at the edge of Gloomy Forest.

Following the path into the dark, gray forest, they find more wrongly-coloured animals like an orange and yellow crocodile, a blue snake and a pink and green cow. When they see blue Knuckles the cat catching a rabbit, the children follow them to Mr. Winklecrank’s secret hideout.

Lo and behold, Mr. Winklecrank has stolen all the colour and is painting all the animals in sight the wrong color! He thinks the forest is too gloomy and is trying to brighten things up but he is doing it wrong. With Eve and Harry’s help, all the colour is put back and the forest is turned bright green and cheery, making Mr. Winklecrank very happy.

What makes this book so interactive and fun is the last two pages inviting the reader to colour the black and white forest exactly the way he or she wants to do it. This concept of having a child participate within the book should be done more often as it promotes individual creativity.

This book was furnished by the author for review purposes.

Follow Here To Purchase A Colourless Tale: It all began with two children that were bored. Then all the colour disappeared, except for blobs of colour leading into Gloomy ... be! It was up to Eve and Harry to find out!

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