The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

When a seagull randomly drops a can of bright orange paint on Mr. Plumbean’s roof, his house becomes a source of great consternation — not for him, however, but his neighbours, particularly since instead of restoring it to its original neat state, he does the exact opposite. This sparks a colourful chain reaction that changes the nondescript houses and lives of everyone on the street forever.

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In an increasingly connected world where even the most trivial news can go viral at the tap of a finger, and everyone reserves the right to make snap judgements even if — or rather, especially if — it is none of their business, it is easy for people to feel compelled to adopt a herd mentality rather than dare to be different, to be themselves, all out of fear of standing out and becoming a target for unwanted attention and criticism.

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Thus, books like this, which manage to avoid sounding trite and preachy, but still encourage independent thought and creative expression and, more importantly, the reciprocal acceptance of others’ freedom of expression — even if it’s just a crazy orange splot on their roof — are more relevant and valuable than ever.

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