Written by Madeline Sunshine
Illustrator Tom Cooke
Published 1985
Publisher Western Publishing
Series Sesame Street Book Club
ISBN 0207231478

The House of Seven Colors is a Sesame Street book teaching color recognition. Count von Count and six other Muppets are returning from a country drive in the Countmobile; however, in classic suspense/horror movie fashion, the bridge is out, so the group has to spend the night at a spooky old house.

A giant monster butler escorts each character to one of seven different rooms, each one decorated in a single color. No one is especially gruntled with their accommodations: Cookie Monster is distracted by the delicious green shade of everything in his room; the Count knows in advance he won't be able to sleep in his room, due to all the red things in it to count; Ernie is disgusted with his purple room; Oscar the Grouch finds himself trapped in a bright pink room, filled with flowers and hearts (much to his horror); Bert longs for a beige room over the orange one he was afforded; Betty Lou is blinded by her yellow surroundings; even Grover finds himself depressed by his matching blue room. The group rapidly departs the next morning, happy to leave the weird house and return. The Sesame Street residents are unaware that the House of Seven Colors is, in fact, a tourist attraction that is frequented by vast car and busloads of monsters who feel right at home in rooms that match the colors of their fur.

The title is a play on Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The House of Seven Gables.

The book was republished in 1992.


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