Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: The Wizard of Oz Colors by Jill Kalz

The Land of Oz is full of colors. Roads are yellow and monkeys are blue!  Let Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, and Scarecrow explore all of the colors with you!
From the Wizard of Oz Concept Books series. For ages 4-7. Board books.
*75th anniversary of the Warner Bros. The Wizard of Oz movie
*3D re-mastering of the Warner Bros. film for DVD/Blu-ray release in Fall 2013
About the Author:
Jill Kalz is the author of more than 50 children’s books. Her picture book Farmer Cap (Picture Window Books) was a finalist for a 2008 Minnesota Book Award and the winner of the Reader’s Choice Award. Jill works as a children’s book editor and lives in a small German town in southern Minnesota. Thanks to her sneaky Bichon, Tuckerbean, she’s an expert at finding all sorts of hidden things: chew toys, bones, stuffed chipmunks, peanut butter treats.
About the Illustrator:
Timothy Banks is an award-winning illustrator known for his ability to create magically quirky illustrations for kids and adults. He has received honors and awards for his work from 3x3 Magazine, Creative Quarterly, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and PLAY! Illustration. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art & Design, and he also teaches fledgling art students in his spare time. Timothy lives in sunny Charleston, SC, with his wonderful wife, two beautiful daughters, and two crazy pugs.

What's not to like about a book that combines The Wizard of Oz with teaching lessons to kids?

In The Wizard of Oz Colors, kids are introduced to colors in the context of the story of The Wizard of Oz.

I really liked this book. The rhymes are easy enough for kids to understand but it's easy to see that the author  wasn't lazy when coming up with rhymes that worked.

The illustrations and coloring were also very beautiful and eye-catching. They're definitely the kind of drawings that kids would find cute and toddlers would be fascinated by.

Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Press for the e-ARC. Publication date of The Wizard of Oz Colors is on September 2, 2013.


  1. The story is able to combine well the idea of introducing colors with telling the story of The Wizard of Oz.
  2. The illustrations and coloring style are gorgeous.
  3. The rhymes are cute.


  1. The rhymes can be a little bit limiting when it comes to telling the entire story of the book/movie.

Glinda the Good Witch
glittered in PINK.
She charmed with a smile,
a nod, and a wink.


  1. You want to teach your child about colors.
  2. You want to introduce your child to The Wizard of Oz.
  3. You like children's books with pretty illustrations.




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