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Becoming Blue

Illustrated by Julien Chung

About The Book

A clever and moving picture book about finding out what it means to be yourself—in this case, what it means to be Blue!

Blue wants to be Red. Red is exciting and funny and fascinating. She gets to fight fires and swing from trees and tell cars to STOP. But it turns out trying to be Red isn’t as fun, or as easy, as Blue thought it would be. What might happen if instead of trying to be like Red, Blue tried to just be Blue? Come along with Blue on his journey to self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-love.

About The Author

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Ellen Tarlow writes stories for children, including the picture books Looking for Smile and Becoming Blue. She has been a teacher and for many years worked as an editor of early childhood classroom materials. In that job, she got to create hundreds of stories for young children. Now, she is excited to work on stories of her own. Ellen lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, David, a painter. 

About The Illustrator

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Julien Chung has been a professional designer and illustrator for over twenty-five years. He is the illustrator of picture books such as Becoming Blue by Ellen Tarlow; Vrooom, Vrooom! by Mary Lyn Ray; and 365 by Miranda Paul. He has created licensed characters for brands worldwide and works for La Presse newspaper in Montreal, Quebec. He lives in Montreal with his wife and a lovebird named Cookie.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (August 30, 2022)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665900010
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Lexile ® AD510L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"Being oneself is a great message to convey—as is joining forces with friends.... The quirky digital illustrations are appealing; occasional colored typefaces and backgrounds enhance visual interest, as do the characters’ expressive faces.... Cute and reassuring."

– Kirkus Reviews, 6/1/2022

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