Geeky Baby’s Guide to Colors (Ruenna Jones)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Geeky Baby’s Guide to Colors, written by Ruenna Jones and illustrated by Josh Lewis, a nerdtastic board book primer.

Red ball. White wolf. Brown coat. Mix up little bookworms’ color education with this very geeky title, featuring some familiar faces and objects from the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, and general nerdery. Geeky adult readers will smile at subtle references to Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, The Legend of Zelda, and other pop culture favorites, as their little ones learn about eleven colors.

Delightful, if occasionally confusing. Jones and Lewis do their best to incorporate a wealth of both mainstream and more obscure “geeky” properties into a cute and entertaining color primer for very young readers, from the “black car” of Supernatural to the “blue diva” of The Fifth Element. However, to nerdy purists, some of the illustrations may look a little… off. The lack of a legend identifying each reference suggests why: most of the illustrations can only vaguely reference the IP they draw inspiration from due to copyright. This is less noticeable in Star Trek-inspired uniforms or Harry Potter-inspired wands, but makes it a trickier for a black dragon that looks very little like Toothless or a green dinosaur attacking a metropolis (is it Godzilla? If so, why not “green kaiju”?). The final spread is clever, and overall it’s a fun way to learn about colors for nerdy families, but purists will definitely notice the details. Still, it was a fun, quick read, and JJ enjoyed it. Definitely worth a look, especially for the fandom-inclined, and we liked it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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