Picture book Review – My Yellow Umbrella

I received a copy of this book and recording for the purpose of this review – but the opinions stated herein are 100% my own.



My Yellow Umbrella


Author:  Chris Robertson

Illustrator:  Chris Robertson

Publisher: Xist Publishing

Year of Publication: 2013

Review:  Every child has something that inspires them to dream.  My Yellow Umbrella by Chris Robertson is a classic story with illustrations classic of the picture books I read when I was a child.  The illustration ability of Chris Robertson is amazing, when you look at it, it seems so simplistic – but it adds to the classic feeling of the book.  When reading it to my children – it felt homey and familiar.  This is a type of book that I would find by searching a card catalog in a (circa 1985) school library.  This book is reminiscent of Le Ballon Rouge, a popular (in my day) vignette, without sound, on a boy and a balloon with its own personality.  In the French story by Albert Lamorisse, a young boy comes across a red helium filled balloon.  The Balloon follows him everywhere and participates in his daily life.

When the balloon was maliciously popped, I felt sad and cried for that little boy.

While My Yellow Umbrella is not exactly the same, it has the same feeling – of on object in fact being a companion to a child.  Something that plays with a child, dreams with – and becomes part of the child – to the point that the child feels love for that object.

You can tell that the girl in My Yellow Umbrella, enjoys the experiences, and feels love for the yellow umbrella.

Look at this amazing illustration – taken directly from the book.


Soaring in the sky


Just that, to me – says it all.

This is undoubtedly my favorite picture book thus far.  My Yellow Umbrella is a simple story of a girl and her yellow umbrella.

An excellent gift for any child, My Yellow Umbrella gets to the essence of what it is to be young.




Chris Robertson

Chris graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in illustration. He spent 10 years freelancing as an illustrator mainly for magazines and newspapers. With his cartoon style it only seem natural for him to venture into the field of animation. He broke in as a storyboard artist for Nickelodeon Animation Studios, and later become storyboard director. From there, it was a natural move to begin creating and writing his own children’s books.  Other books Chris has written, include I’ll Trade my Peanut-Butter Sandwich, Pandora’s Box, Kit and Kaboodle, Little Miss Liberty, and The Tooth That’s on the Loose!  You can find Chris Robertson on…

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  1. You wrote a great review of this book! We’ve enjoyed it, too and look forward to reading more from Chris in the future.

  2. This cover of the book caught my attention! And the self-portrait of Chris is so lovely! I am sure other books of his are as engaging as this cute one. Thank you so much for sharing this nice review on Kid Lit Blog Hop!
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  3. Looks and sounds fun! I’ll have to look for it at the library.

  4. This books looks and sounds dreamy! On my must get list.
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