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Along a Long Road

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ISBN13: 9780316129251
ISBN10: 0316129259
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Publisher Comments:

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?

Start again!

Review:

"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 Canada, he is passionate about cooking, wine, and his daily bike ride to the office. This is his first children's picture book.

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Joseph Landes, December 8, 2011 (view all comments by Joseph Landes)
Frank Viva, a noted artist, crafts a simple but interesting and fun story about a boy who takes his bicycle around town and through a number of fun and challenging obstacles and noteworthy places. What makes this book unique and fun is that the author has used great texture in showing the path the boy follows by painting a yellow line that extends through the entire book charting his path around town. The yellow line, or path, jumps out of the page in the book and catches the readers's eye allowing children to focus in on the boy, the path he takes, and the people he sees around town. This book was named one of the NY Times Best Children's Books of 2011 and is a worthwhile addition to any small children's library.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316129251
Author:
Viva, Frank
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-Imagination and Play
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 1
Language:
English
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
10.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in 0.88 lb
Age Level:
from 3 up to 6

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Product details 40 pages Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - English 9780316129251 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.
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