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What You Need To Know About The Colour Monster

Updated: Oct 9, 2022

The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas book cover. A book about emotions.

The Colour Monster is a fabulous 'must-have' story by Anna Llenas that helps a child understand their core emotions.

You need to know that The Colour Monster is a story that gently and effectively explores our 6 main emotions. This is a cheerful storybook full of appealing colours and a lovable main character that deserves a special place in a child's book collection.

Highly cherished and used by teachers in classrooms, and by parents at home, The Colour Monster has a lot to offer.

Not only has it got warming pictures that are illustrated in such a creative way, but Anna Llenas takes re-cycling to a new level - she has used cardboard and paper to create such appealing illustrations that greet you on the layout of every page. The attention of any child - and adult is immediately captured! And the actual story is truly heart-warming.

Table of contents:

Every child needs help with understanding feelings and emotions. Children start to experience the concept of feelings around the age of 4. This book can speed up the process in an easy way.

Benefits a child will receive from the Colour Monster after experiencing this storybook...


  • Better understand emotions and the feelings that go with them.

  • Build understanding and empathy towards others.

  • Analyse how people can feel inside.

  • Express themselves vocally when a certain feeling arises.

  • Learn how to associate colours with the feelings we experience.

'The Colour Monster' is here to teach children about feelings, as each beautiful colour leads to an emotion. It will also help children build understanding and empathy towards others, as in the story the emotions areattached to deep descriptions of how the little furry Monster feels inside.

The Colour Monster storyline:

One day, the monster finds that all his emotions are mixed together. He is so confused. A little girl called Nuna takes him by the hand and gives him simple and very understandable ideas on how to cope with his emotions. He must analyse, separate, and place each emotion into a jar in order to feel better. Six core emotions are covered. See them listed below.

Did you know that...

The author-illustrator, Anna Llenas is from Barcelona, Spain. She studied art therapy and graphic design.

Anna has written other books, but The Colour Monster is her major, worldwide best seller.

Author and illustrator of The Colour Monster Anna Llenas
Author-illustrator Anna Llenas

Spoiler alert:

See the video of our storyteller 'Sherry' reading 'The Colour Monster' at the end of this Blog Post!

The Colour Monster with mixed up emotions. A book about emotions. By Anna Llenas
The Colour Monster has his emotions all mixed up

What emotion does each colour in The Colour Monster story represent?...







The Colour Monster can lead to engaging conversations with children.

There are many resources available for Colour Monster craft, art, and activity ideas.

Here are just a few discussion ideas for you to build upon once the storybook has been read...

Discussion & activity ideas

  • Ask children if the stated colours could have represented other emotions/feelings?...

- Yellow - could yellow be anxious instead of Happiness?

- Blue - could blue be Calmness instead of Sadness?

- Red - could red be Embarrassed instead of pink?

- Black - could black represent Bravery instead of Fear? - Pink - could pink represent excitement instead of Love?

  • Do you think other colours could have been included for the monster?...

- Orange, purple, grey, brown, white,?

- And which feelings and emotions could they provoke? -

Orange - Excitement? Grey - Moody?

  • Where do you think the monster lives?

- In a cave? In a house? In the forest?

  • Does The Colour Monster have a family?

- Which colours could they have?

A fun Colour Monster Activity:

After a child has heard this lovely story, get them to get out their crayons, and have fun drawing this enjoyable character! They could also draw a picture of what his best friend looks like!

Draw The Colour Monster as an activity, art, craft session
By Diego. Aged 5

You can even create your own little Colour Monsters out of toilet rolls!

or check out our exclusive YouTube tutorial

Colour Monster activity, craft idea using toilet rolls
The Colour Monster craft idea - using toilet rolls!

Why not Download our free pdf printable of a Colour Monster drawing activity?

Children can now place the emotions into jars by themselves and even create their own ones!

The Colour Monster printable
The Colour Monster printable preview

Download the PDF Colour Monster Printable by 'What Children Really Want' below...

The Colour Monster Printable
Download PDF • 178KB

Go on a delightful journey with this sweet little Monster - you'll be glad that you did!

The Colour Monster is available in 4 different forms -

  1. Hardcover storybook (2 different stories have been published)

  2. Pop-Up book.

  3. Activity book.

  4. Cuddly teddy plush toys of each emotion.


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The Colour Monster

Ages 2 - 5 years.

A story about emotions.

Hardcover or board book.

By Anna Llenas.

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

The Colour Monster Goes to School

Ages 4 - 8 years.

Hardcover or paperback.

The Colour Monster Pop-Up Book

A pop-up book of feelings

Ages 2 - 4 years.


The Colour Monster Activity Book

Aimed at young children.


A colouring book where you get to decide which colours to colour your monster.

By Anna Llenas.

Publisher: Templar publishing.

The Colour Monster plush toys

A set of all 6 Colour Monster plush toys that help with emotions.

15cm - 5.9 inches in height.

Depending on your country, these Colour Monster plush toys are not always in stock, and you'll be redirected to the nearest available item.

Check the availability below.

The Colour Monster Figurines collection

A lovely set of 8 small figures that include the Confused looking colour monster, and also his little friend 'Nuna'.

*Not available in all countries!

Did you know that Anna Llenas has published other books other than The Colour Monster?

Look out for Anna's many other beautiful books available in Spanish, Catalan, and Italian

Storytime with The Colour Monster

By Anna Llenas. Read by Sherry

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