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Along a Long Roadby Frank Viva
Synopses & Reviews
Follow that road!
Speed off on an eventful bicycle ride along the bold yellow road that cuts through town, by the sea, and through the country. Ride up and around, along and through, out and down.
Frank's striking graphic style is executed in just five joyous colors, and his spare, rhythmic language is infectious.
Hit a bump?
Get back on track!
Reach the end?
"A note explains that newcomer Viva created the art for this celebration of cycling 'as a single, continuous thirty-five-foot-long piece of art.' The uniting element is a golden, glossy ribbon of road that winds, unbroken (but for a tunnel), through the matte pages of the entire book, even onto the endpapers and covers. Suggestive of linocut prints, Viva's artwork combines supple curves, big areas of soft black background, light blue for water and shading, and the occasional brick-red accent; it's simultaneously stylish and restrained. Simple, lilting text reproduces the smooth, rhythmic pace of cycling and the meditative state of mind it induces. 'Along a long road,' Viva starts, showing the cyclist in a grove of birches, 'going up,' he continues, as the cyclist climbs an incline, passing a snail. 'Around a small town and down,' he continues, as the road snakes past a football field, a bird flies overhead, and a figure on a tractor waves in the distance. It's the kind of book that creates a mood rather than telling a story, evoking the freedom of traveling, the joy of movement, and the exhilaration of being outside. Ages 3 — 6. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Frank Viva is an illustrator and graphic designer who has won more than 300 awards. His illustrations have appeared in Time, Esquire, the New York Times, the Boston Globe and on the cover of the New Yorker. A past president of The Advertising and Design Club of
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