Color Commentary

h1 June 26th, 2018 by jules

“… They can be all these colors, too. Have you ever tasted a Granny Smith apple?
Or a Pink Lady or a Golden Delicious?”


Here’s a post about my new favorite board book, These Colors Are Bananas (Phaidon, May 2018) by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin and published in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art. This is a book, as you can see below in the spreads I’m sharing today, that asks children to see many sides of one thing — in particular, colors. Roses aren’t always red; fire can be many colors; and “grass is not always green.”

Each spread in the book is laid out as you see here — with text on the left and multiple colors in 25 boxes on the right. (It’s good to think outside of the box, after all.) As you can also see below, the “hand” spread leaves one box blank in order for the child to “put it under the square … and join the party.”

(Shopsin and Fulford also created Find Colors, which includes die cuts on every page, encouraging children to put their faces to the pages and actively find colors themselves in the world around them. This is also good stuff. More board books from these two, please?)

Here are some more spreads from These Colors Are Bananas ….


(Click first image to see spread in its entirety)


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THESE COLORS ARE BANANAS. Copyright © Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford. First published 2018. All images used by permission of the publisher, Phaidon Press Inc.

3 comments to “Color Commentary”

  1. I love, love, LOVE that they didn’t try to mimic human skin but said, “JOIN THE PARTY.” YES. All the yesses.

  2. Right? Kinda brilliant.

  3. This looks incredible.

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