This is a stunningly illustrated board book newly arrived in the bookshop that both echoes and rivals Eric Carle’s pictures (yes, a big claim but I am sticking to it).
Some butterflies, so the story goes, are blue like the sea…
…red as a strawberry..
and even grey and black.
But this butterfly is white.
Until a drop of water lands on a wing. Then see what happens!
How gorgeous is this? It reminded me of Leo Lionni’s A Colour of His Own, my all time favourite picture book in the whole wide world and beyond. And I suppose because of this, I did find myself wishing that this book could have had a more emotional edge to it – or more character development, as you have with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. If it had, I think this could have become a modern classic. The butterfly in this is neutral – which I suppose is apt given the premise of the story. But while it perhaps lacks slightly in story, it is stunning. And many a toddler would be transfixed by it.
Do go and check it out.