Red is Best portrays Kelly's admirable and fun, intellectual, independence as she happily tells us all her cute reasons for preferring red.
We can't give away too much of Kelly's clear delight with red. She knows her values, and when it comes to color, its red! Kelly says, "I like my red barrettes the best. My mom says, 'You wear pink barrettes with a pink dress.' But my red barrettes make my hair laugh." The simple illustrations provide all we need to appreciate her pleasure with red; Surely you too can see that red boots make bigger steps!
A young boy relates various experiences that make him feel big or little, and he is then carried to bed.
The little boy feels big when he can dress himself, but small when he reaches for the elevator buttons. The boy narrates through a number of such examples and then, asleep, his dad carries him to bed so "sometimes being little is pretty good too". The illustrations are warmly done, but there is nothing else to intrigue children.
A little girl mistakes everyday stuff for what she humorously 'fears' are yucky green things, ending with her mother's sandwich.
Illustrations in this pointless story are so distorted in perspective, and busy with colored detail, they are hard to understand. Aside from nonsense humor created by an adult reader who really hams up the story, there is no value for a child.
Supposedly narrated by a child, the fears of divorced children are enumerated as sad doubts, ending with an unsatisfying notion that parental love is there, "Just not together."
The emotional tone is set on page one. A little girl, hugging herself, sadly says, "My mommy and daddy don't live together anymore." She wishes that her parents would get back together –no surprise! We are told a bit of her divided life. If the purpose of parenting is to raise an independent, self-confident, happy adult, then this book is sure to reinforce dependence, insecurity and sadness. The illustrations are done well enough.