Michael self published the First Edition of A Boy Who Liked Color in
2000. The children's picture book, which has large type and simple
words is filled with original drawings and colorful illustrations
showing how Michael learned how to draw and paint. It teaches simple
color mixing and how to draw with shapes (the way Michael learned.)
It is Michael's gift to all of the little children who love to color
and are just learning how to read. The last page says "You can be an
artist too." Books ordered in 2008 include a brand new sheet for
parents with specific information about things families can do to
help their children develop artistically, from babyhood to the teen
years. The books are $25 each, shipping included. Please make checks
or money orders payable to Michael Johnson and send them to P.O. Box
6157, Evanston, IL 60204-6157. Each book is signed by Michael
Johnson. Michael writes a personal illustrated letter (using archival
materials) to each child who receives this special book.
In 2007 Michael wrote the Second Edition of "A Boy Who Liked Color".
It is longer and has many new illustrations. Like Michael's
illustrated letter, it shows how to mix colors and draw dogs, cats,
horses, giraffes and elephants with shapes. The Second Edition also
shows how to paint a portrait, step by step. In the Afterword Carrie
Desai wrote what it is like to be a person with Down syndrome and her
husband Sujeet wrote about being a musician. The Second Edition is
not available yet. It takes time for publishers to get books in print.