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Lemons Are Not Red

Lemons Are Not Red

Laura Vaccaro Seeger, illustrated by the author

Roaring Brook Press



Lemons are not Red. Apples are red. Lemons are yellow. . . .

Clever cutouts in the pages make a simple, original, and utterly beguiling introduction to color.

Laura Vaccaro Seeger, whose The Hidden Alphabet dazzled critics and readers alike, introduces young children to color in this unique concept book with die cuts. The opening spread features a big, bright red lemon and the simple text, "Lemons are not RED." When the spread is turned an equally bright yellow lemon appears ("Lemons are YELLOW") across from a luscious red apple ("Apples are RED").

And so it goes, from carrots that are not purple through reindeer that are not white, et al. The book ends with "The moon is not BLACK / The moon is SILVER / The night is BLACK / Good night! And the reader sees a tranquil night landscape and a house with the lights turned out.

This title has Common Core connections.


Praise for Lemons Are Not Red

“This creatively designed volume combines an introduction to colors with a bedtime story” —Booklist

“Vaccaro once more delivers a compositionally faultless primer.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The creator of The Hidden Alphabet (Roaring Brook, 2003) offers another visual treat.... Illustrated with richly colored yet simple oil paintings, this offering will delight preschoolers.” —School Library Journal

“The heavy paper should stand up to multiple readings and pokings.... the colors and textures are nearly edible.” —Horn Book

“Seeger has done marvelous things with her brushwork, from impasto to shimmering smoothness...Clever, imaginative, and utterly beguiling.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Cleverly designed concept book uses brilliant colors and die-cuts.” —American Library Association

“Kids will adore righting the wrongs of carrots painted purple and flamingos gone gray.” —Child Magazine Best Book of 2004

“Artfully placed and shaped die-cuts lead toddlers into an interactive world of bright colors.” —New York Public Library Best Book for Giving and Sharing, 2004

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Laura Vaccaro Seeger, illustrated by the author

Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and the recipient of a 2008 Caldecott Honor, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for both 2009 and 2008, a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. Her books include First the Egg, The Hidden Alphabet, and Dog and Bear, among others.

Raised on Long Island, New York, Seeger began drawing at two years old and never stopped. For as long as she remembers, she wanted to write picture books. She received her B.F.A. degree at the School of Fine Art and Design at SUNY Purchase in Westchester, New York, and then moved to Manhattan, where she worked as an animator, artist, and editor in the network television business.

Seeger lives in Rockville Centre, Long Island, with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Drew and Dylan, and their dog, Copper. She loves painting, surfing, tennis, playing the piano, and spending time with her family. She takes long walks at the beach every day and paints in her studio every night.

Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Roaring Brook Press

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