Author: Ethan Long
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
May Contain Spoilers
Meet Chamelia! Chamelia is a chameleon. Most chameleons like to blend in, but Chamelia prefers to stand out. She just loves being the center of attention. But when standing out means being left out, can Chamelia learn to share the spotlight?
Chamelia is a very fun and colorful picture book. Chamelia is a chameleon, but contrary to the rest of her species, she doesn’t want to blend in, she wants to stand out. After learning that standing out makes it hard to fit in, she learns to compromise but still be herself.
I love the illustrations and the use of bright fabrics to make Chamelia pop off of each page. The other chameleons are shades of a very pale green, but the title character is a darker, more vivid green. The illustrations are muted shades of pastels, while Chamelia is a bright splash. She is also an accessory queen, with tasteful shoes and purses to prove that she truly is a fashionesta.
In her eagerness to stand out, though, she occasionally stumbles by being too different from her peers. This gets poor Chamelia down in the dumps, and a brightly attired but very unhappy chameleon is a sad sight indeed. With some help from her parents, Chamelia learns how to stand out, but still fit in at school.
I loved the message in Chamelia, and hope that it helps younger readers to find the courage to be themselves.
Review copy provided by publisher