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The emperor who hated yellow
Edmiston, Jim.
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Publication Information:
Brooklyn, N.Y. : Barefoot Books, 1999.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"A Barefoot beginner"--P. [4] of cover.
Reading Level:
AD 520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 18128 Guided reading level: M.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This tale of an emperor in a distant onion-domed land passes as a rather banal game of hide-and-seek for toddlers. A ruler who spends his days admiring the length of his beard and breadth of his belly loses his most valued possession one day: his yellow cat, Mustard. He subsequently banishes all things yellow‘scrambled eggs, cheese, pineapples, bananas‘because they remind him of his beloved pet. The cat lurks on every spread, along with a recurring prompt to the reader to find him, until the two are reunited at the end. British author and artist Edmiston's work is prodigiously decorated with myriad free-flowing elements: as the emperor prepares for his bath, mice gleefully cart a discarded yellow sponge and lemon soap across the exotic-tiled floor, while soapy bubbles betray the reflection of a concealed Mustard beneath a luxurious, green-footed tub; barefoot servants in cone-shaped hats busily catch butterflies and paint bananas purple with orange spots. However, the emperor himself remains merely fat and buffoonish, and the belabored narrative doesn't keep pace with the artwork. Ages 2-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-When an emperor loses his beloved cat, Mustard, he banishes all things yellow from his kingdom so as not to be reminded of his pet. As he continues to search for the feline, which is not too cleverly hidden in each double-page spread, readers are invited to join in ("Can you see Mustard?"). Eventually, the ruler's grandchild, Saffron, who is dressed all in yellow, leads him to the top of a tower. The man falls off, is saved by a bunch of canaries, and, lo and behold, there in the grass is the cat. The story is flat, contrived, and has a patronizing tone. The brightly colored artwork is not enough to salvage this dull "I-Spy" wanna-be that misses its mark.-Carolyn Stacey, Jefferson County Public Library, Golden, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.