Color Surprises – gasp-inducing animal pop-ups

th-4An eye-popping color-themed guessing game with gasp-inducing animal pop-ups.

Bibliographic Info:  Murphy, Chuck  Color Surprises  Little Simon (1997) 10pp  $13.95  Formats:  Hardcover, ISBN-13: 978-0689815041  Interest Level: babies – 8 years old  Genre: Pop-Up  Themes: Colors, Animals, Opposites

Summary:  Color Surprises captures and projects the color spectrum with animal kingdom pop-ups.  Each page features a color box which readers can open (with a push or pull) to reveal an animal or animals that represent the color. 

StorytimeWow_FinalLogo-1Color Surprises was given the StorytimeWOW Marquee Seal on May 8th, 2015 and has been selected for the PictureBookWOW collection at

th-5Review:  Wonder and delight await readers of this pop-up masterpiece by Chuck Murphy.  Color Surprises is just that.  Get ready for eye-popping and gasp-inducing fun.  Each page of this book features a solid-colored square that can be opened to reveal one of nature’s glorious creatures.  Pink is a flamingo. Red is a starfish.  Orange is a tiger.  The pleasure of this book lies in its animal surprises.  Children of all ages will be entertained and engaged.  It may even become one of your child’s treasured favorites.

Storytime: th-11It’s easy to create an engaging guessing game in storytime with Chuck Murphy’s Color Surprises.  Ask groups of children if they can guess what animal is hiding behind each color.  Lift the flaps and kids will be mesmerized as they watch colors literally pop out of their color boxes.

Read-alikesBlack Cat White Cat by Chuck Murphy, One to Ten by Chuck Murphy, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Links:  author’s Linked In page, Amazon  

Other Review:  Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

Watch eyes widen and mouths close as you read this book during storytime.  I chose to include this little masterpiece because it truly has storytimeWOW!

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Written by Tom Schween