Spoiler alert: Young listeners need to know that Red is a blue crayon with a red paper wrapper. With this information, the humor and the celebration of determination and individuality come shining through this story. When his family and his crayon friends can’t figure out why Red is not a successful crayon, it takes a new friend to help him soar. As narrator, Robin Miles purposefully lets each story moment have the spotlight, and she gives personality to everyone in the crayon box. Red’s teacher has an authentic “teacher voice” when encouraging him, his grandparents sound well meaning but dismayed, and the scissors’ brisk speaking pace suggests their quick snips. Best of all is Miles’s depiction of Red’s elation when he begins his new project. A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2015]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2015
DD ISBN 9780062415813 $1.99
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