Review: Out of the Blue: A Book of Color Idioms and Silly Pictures by Vanita Oelschlager

Out of the blue Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by VanitaBooks LLC

ISBN 0983290423 (ISBN13: 9780983290421)

Out of the Blue shows children the magic of idioms – words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different.
Children are curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh (“Tickled Pink”), sound silly (“Shrinking Violet”) or trigger images that tickle a child’s sense of the absurd (“A Red Letter Day”).
Out of the Blue uses outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the “real” meaning of the phrases (which are upside down in the corners of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.

The first book of idioms, Birds of a Feather (2009), dealt with birds, insects or animals. The second, Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries (2011) uses food idioms. Out of the Blue uses color idioms. All three are fun – and instructive.

What a great idea for a children’s book! My daughter is only two and a half, but for an older child who questions everything and has heard a few of these familiar idioms, it’s a fun way to explain them. Out of the Blue is wonderfully illustrated, with a lot of silly pictures. Even as an adult I giggled a little. Even though my daughter isn’t old enough to understand the idioms, this book is a great teaching aid for moms. With my little one I found the book can also be used to teach children about colors, animals, and even counting.

I absolutely love this book! This is one for the family library. I plan on checking out Birds of a Feather, and Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries well. Great end of summer reads to get those little minds geared up for school.