Sometimes wearing the most beautiful colors isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Napoleon the Chameleon is proof of that.
In author Kurt Cyrus’ latest picture book, Invisible Lizard, Napoleon is good at his job of blending in with his surroundings. So good, in fact, that he’s fabulously beautiful but completely unnoticeable. He turns as lush green as the forest foliage and as purple and red as the colorful flowers that grow along the knotted branch he lives on. But this unique ability to blend in only makes him so invisible that calling out to his forest friends (Polly and Mike) makes them think his tree is talking.
Nothing Napoleon does helps him get noticed…until he almost plummets off his branch and onto the forest floor. Only then does he discover how NOT to be invisible.
This lively little book is the perfect way to introduce a nature lesson about all the vibrant lives in the forest. Children learn about chameleons, what types of birds and animals co-exist in the forest, and how the lush foliage of the forest trees becomes the playground for who-knows-what animals and insects. This is also a great book to open a discussion about every human’s need to be noticed and appreciated.
Mr. Cyrus’ prose is playful, imaginative and full of giggles. Artist Andy Atkin’s illustrations do a great job at showcasing his talent and his wonderful sense of humor. Young readers get to see Napoleon’s googly eyes and impossibly-long tongue. They even see Napoleon make a silly face as he tries to get noticed.
Use this book in early elementary classrooms as a way to introduce nature, forest animals, and the need to be noticed by our peers and loved ones. Or…just use it for laughs. It’s good for all these things!