Monday, May 21, 2018

Colorama: From Fuschia to Midnight Blue by CRUSCHIFORM [Review & Giveaway-USA/CANADA]

ISBN: 978-3791373287
Ages 7+ -  280 pages
Hardcover $24.95

My thoughts:  First of all, this is a rather unique book. 

While classified as a children's book, I believe only older children would find it appealing. I believe that older children, teens, and adults who have interest in the story behind color designations and graphic arts would find this book to be worth investigating.

If you want to know where the term "carrot top" originated and the tonal color that this term implies, well, there is a sheet dedicated to that.

This is a well bound book with thick pages that will take much handling which makes it highly suitable for classroom and library collections. However, it should be understood that this book does not show every color, shade, tonal hue but is a wonderful collection of "named" colors.

Indexed in the back is the Color Palette covered in this volume as well as a Thematic Index. Basically, the book begins with White (White Snow) and proceeds from that to a host of colors and their shades.

I found the stories short and interesting. I found the variety of colors beautiful.

Read the "story" of the color "Celeste." I just think this is a stunning shade of blue!

A glimpse of the shades of "yellow" - from school bus yellow to soft tones.

About the book: What is the color white? The serenity of a snowfall? The peace of a dove? The purity of alabaster? This original and captivating exploration of color delves into the nuances of the universal palette while also explaining the history behind some of the terms used to describe certain hues. Elegantly designed it offers two-page spreads for 133 different shades. Each full-page of brilliant color faces a charming explanatory illustration and text of technical, scientific, historic, etymological, or linguistic terms. Two helpful indices present the colors in the order in which they appear in the book and also sorts them thematically in categories such as “Birds,” “Cloth,” “Modes of Transport,” and “Formulas.” The book also offers inspiration and guidance to painters and illustrators. Young lovers of art can understand why artists chose a particular shade over another. As fun to peruse as it is informative, this unique, cleverly designed, high quality book offers a wealth of surprises about the colors around us.

CRUSCHIFORM is a Paris-based creative studio that specializes in illustration and graphic design. It was founded in 2007 by Marie-Laure Cruschi.
Begins May 22
Ends June 13 at 12:01 a.m. EDT^
Open to USA & CANADA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of Prestel Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own, alone, and are freely given without compensation. Giveaway copy is shipped directly to the winner by either the publicist or publisher.


  1. What are your favorite colors? Blue
    How do you incorporate the variety of colors in your life? Your clothes? Your home? Your work place? Your garden? I do like clothes in different colors, especially the pinks and rose family.

  2. "What are your favorite colors?" Deep emerald greens!

    "How do you incorporate the variety of colors in your life? Your clothes? Your home? Your work place? Your garden?" I am a firm believer in plaid everything, especially shirts!

  3. My favorite color is blue. I use it in furniture upholstery and bed coverings, etc, and in my clothing choices. I make jewelry and choose blue beads a lot.

  4. My favorite color is dark green. I try to wear a variety of different colors.

  5. My favorite colors are jewel toned like Emerald Green, Royal Purple, Amethyst and Ruby. Anytime I can add a punch of color to my outfits or home, it's uplifting. I change out my throw pillows and tablecloths according to the season along with dish towels. Spring is my favorite season because of all the growing things and the greening of the environment.

  6. My sister would love this book! Thanks for sharing at Booknificent Thursday on!

  7. My favorite colors are blue shades because, though I like some better than others, I find pretty much every shade somewhat pleasing. I do experiment a lot with combining different colors in home decor though and not just sticking to neutrals.

  8. My favorite colors are pink and purple. I use the colors in everyday life with my garden.


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