My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Colorama: From Fuschia to Blue by CRUSCHIFORM (Prestel Junior; ISBN: 978-3791373287; Ages 7+; 280 pages; Hardcover $24.95).
ABOUT THE BOOK: What is the color white? The serenity of a snowfall? The peace of a dove? The purity of alabaster? This original and captivating exploration of color delves into the nuances of the universal palette while also explaining the history behind some of the terms used to describe certain hues. Elegantly designed it offers two-page spreads for 133 different shades. Each full-page of brilliant color faces a charming explanatory illustration and text of technical, scientific, historic, etymological, or linguistic terms. Two helpful indices present the colors in the order in which they appear in the book and also sorts them thematically in categories such as “Birds,” “Cloth,” “Modes of Transport,” and “Formulas.” The book also offers inspiration and guidance to painters and illustrators. Young lovers of art can understand why artists chose a particular shade over another. As fun to peruse as it is informative, this unique, cleverly designed, high quality book offers a wealth of surprises about the colors around us.
CRUSCHIFORM is a Paris-based creative studio that specializes in illustration and graphic design. It was founded in 2007 by Marie-Laure Cruschi.
I love this book so much. I never really understood why there are so many different shades of the same color or the story behind them. In this detailed, bright and oh so colorful book you will get to dive into 133 different colors and discover that there is so much more behind the colors we adore. My son loves to color (as to I) and now we are both so much more invested and picky about color we chose for our pages so that we can really embrace the stories behind the colors. This book is heavy (which I love) and the cover is beautiful and textured. The pictures inside are beautiful and feel amazing. This book is great for kids, adults or anyone really. It also would make a great gift and a great coffee table book.