Lanham, MD (PRWEB) November 13, 2012
“WE HAVE COLORNAPPED ALL BLUES AND WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK UNTIL RYAN STARTS USING US, TOO!” So declare a boy’s magical jumping crayons in revolt against his love of the color blue. To Ryan, The Boy Who Loved Blue, this leads to the opening up of his obsession for all things blue into the reality of the world which is made up of all kinds of color. John S. Punith’s picture book novel teaches its readers to appreciate the love of something in the context of its world.
Blue is one among many colors. Kids learn from their crayons and coloring books, learning as they grow up that their eyes make the world a magical, colorful place to live in. Punith’s character Ryan, despite his being intelligent, is too intelligent in that a love for one color turns into monomania. Ryan has to have everything blue. It doesn’t help that they live in Bluesville, which jibes with Ryan’s rhyme and reason for having blue blankets, blue toy cars, and wanting to change his name to Bryan, which starts with the letter B.
Picasso had his Blue Period but he did use all the colors of his palette. Ryan, on the other hand, used only crayons with blue tones, hues, and tints. He never used any color. Everything had to be blue until a box of magical crayons found in the basement reduces him to tears and despair. (This is where the ransom letter found at the start of this Press Release comes in.) The crayons’ revolt bled color from Ryan’s room and his things until he walked in a colorless cloud, cursed by the colors until he gave up his obsession. Which he does, in the end. One day, he finds that mixing and using all colors provide balance and beauty to things. Today he carefully studies his colors and uses all of them.
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The Boy Who Loved Blue * by John S. Punith
Date of Publication: August 31, 2012
Picture Book; $21.99; 26 pages; 978-1-4771-5786-2
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