The Hero of Color City (Manuscript)
For All Ages
Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons’ magical Crayon Box transports them to COLOR CITY, a world of dazzling hues, soaring fantasy and the whimsy of childhood.
When YELLOW is accidentally left behind in Ben’s room, she awakens two Unfinished Drawings: KING SCRAWL, a huge monster, and GNAT, Scrawl’s sidekick. They follow Yellow to Color City and claim the enchanted Rainbow Waterfall and all of its color for themselves. Soon Color City will fade and our lovable crayon characters will disappear.
It’s up to Yellow and her pals, BLUE, GREEN, RED, and the twins, BLACK and WHITE, to save the day. Meeting with fantastical creatures and fun adventures along the way, Yellow discovers she has more courage than she knew and learns to believe in herself and to count on the support of her friends.
Replete with valuable life lessons, THE HERO OF COLOR CITY will entertain and inspire.
To the authors: What a terrific story! “The Hero of Color City” would make a terrific animated film. The various crayons, including Green, Blue, Black, Red and Brown, and their various personalities, are a clever idea for a story. Color City is a nice setting and the crayons representing giant cities is a neat idea. The songs that are included have catchy phrases too. In a funny moment the boy Ben hasn’t used the color white in a while and Brown tells White that sooner or later Ben is going to make a holiday card and he will need White for snow! The manuscript features several funny moments like that one, which I think really helps keep the story flowing forward. For another example, I like the cowboy crayon rubbing his rear and saying, “I think my saddle’s sore.” The Pirate crayon is funny too. And when the fishy smell creeps up, the comment that Blue must have forgotten to change his socks again would get laughs, especially from kids.
Also, I liked the drama of the crayons being concerned about losing their color, and the unfinished drawings with their quirks, such as the badly drawn Race Car, the wimpy Astronaut, the Bumble Bee and the stick figure Horse with one hoof bigger than the others. It reminds me of the quirks of real human beings. Again, with the one called Ricky, who, referring to his name, says, “I’m not sure why,” the humorous moments and dialog are a delight as are the places and their spellings, such as Pencilvania, Inkdiana, and Hueston. The only concern I have are the “zams” used (three on page 64 and one on page 74), and I am not sure if the words are an alternate version of the word “damn” but if so, I would suggest that being dropped. Also the phrase “Hell bent” may cause some issues with parents although we would still consider this an all ages project.. I think the manuscript has delightful characters and funny lines.
“The Hero of Color City” earns five Doves from us, and that’s as many as we award. Terrific imagination!