What Color Is Caesar?

By Maxine Kumin; Alison Friend (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763634322, 56pp.)

Publication Date: February 9, 2010

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One dog’s quest for self-definition is anything but black and white in this delightfully droll, enlightening tale by an acclaimed former poet laureate.

Caesar is a large white dog with a great many black spots. Or is he a large black dog with even more white spots? That’s the trouble: he doesn’t know which, and though nobody in the family seems to care, he won’t rest until he uncovers the truth. So off he traipses, beseeching one animal after another to find out what color he is, basically. From celebrated poet Maxine Kumin comes a doggedly quizzical hero, brought comically to life by Alison Friend’s expressive watercolors — a lovable picture-book character who ultimately learns that it’s not what’s on the outside that counts.

About the Author
Maxine Kumin (1925 2014), a former U.S. poet laureate, was the author of nineteen poetry collections as well as numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. Her awards included the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award, the Poet s Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost medals.

Alison Friend has loved drawing animals since she was a little girl. She spent three years after art school as an apprentice stonemason, where she worked high up in the historic buildings of Nottingham, England. Alison lives with her husband and son in a small cottage in the Lake District in England, known for its fells and lakes and also famous for being home to Beatrix Potter. Alison is the illustrator of five picture books, including What Color Is Caesar? by Maxine Kumin and Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root.
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