One of the advantages of working in a bookstore is that I can plug in the word orange into our in house system and have several titles come up. Since I was trying to keep my color blocks in the picture book genre, The Big Orange Splot was a great choice. I have never been a big fan of Daniel Manus Pinkwater, but know why people like him
He is nuts.
And I say that with love. Pinkwater just lets us be us. And The Big Orange Splot is a great example of that. Mr. Plumbean lives on a neat street. Everything is neat and tidy. The houses look the same. The people like their nice quiet, neat street. That is until the day a freak accident with a seagull and can of orange paint throws everything out of whack. Mr. Plumbean’s house now has an orange spot, everyone wants it removed. But Mr. P decides he has another idea. He paints around it. He paints all sorts of items that reflect who he is. The rest of the residents are less than amused. That is, until they learn that they too have some “color” in them. That they too can show who they are in a special way.
The illustrations are classic 1977. They are trippy, fun, colorful and way out there. They show the quirks of the characters and the theme. There is something for everyone. It is great for all ages. Yes, there is a “be yourself” theme, but it is just a nice book about having fun as well.
Plus, I get my Orange cbr12bingo slot!