Great Cape O’ Colors by Karl Beckstrand

The Synopsis:

“This is a magic cape!” A career/color picture book adventure. Explore colors—and daring jobs (ages 3 – 7); count the careers, colors, cultures, and costumes, or dress up! Learn some color theory and make a game of pretending to be all the different characters (try on costumes). Comes with online extras: ChildrenEarn.

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


Great Cape O' ColorsOther books we’ve reviewed by this author: Muffy & Valor, The Bridge of the Golden Wood, and Butterfly Blink

Great Cape O’ Colors lives up its title of being colorful! This is a bright and beautifully illustrated book. I loved the pictures and the imaginations of how the cape aided the different roles that were played by the kids. Also, the sentences told in both English and Spanish made for great learning opportunities, even if one only reads the colors aloud in both languages 😉 .

What I didn’t like, however, was the particular roles that were chosen, such as Vampires, Witches, and Wizards. They are illustrated very dark and spooky (not gory or anything, just dark colors), and I know several parents that would never read this book to their kids for those specific reasons. I know that I certainly wouldn’t read it to my little brother without skipping those pages.

So, I’m only inclined to give Great Cape O’ Colors 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it only if you don’t have any problems with the aforementioned details 🙂 .

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Rayleigh is a Sophomore in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.