Opportunities to learn colors and numbers abound. Best of all, empathetic preschoolers will realize through their interactions with Leon that sometimes, we just need a little time to find our people and our places in the world. This brilliant, heartwarming gem helps tots develop intellectually and emotionally...Interactive reading at its best.
In a second picture book, a maladapted chameleon is stuck in a predicament that brings to mind Raymond Chandler’s brilliant line about a fellow looking “about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food cake.” For the protagonist of “Neon Leon” (Nosy Crow, 22 pages, $14.99), the problem is color. In Britta Teckentrup’s bold illustrations, Leon stands out in electric orange against the gentler greens, grays and blues of the world. “Oh dear,” writes Jane Clarke in this chatty tale for 2- to 5-year-olds, “Leon’s so bright, he’s keeping all the other chameleons awake! What a lot of grumpy chameleons!” Will Leon find his place in the world? (Well, yes, but where?).
—The Wall Street Journal