Synopses & Reviews
Things are not always what they appear to be in this mezmerizing tale of a bee and a bird's epic journey. These brilliantly hued illustrations by Craig Frazier look good enough to eat, and the simple but surprising story will entrance young readers . . . and everyone else.
"Frazier's (Lots of Dots) crisp graphic sense and supersaturated fields of red, yellow, green, and light blue drive this wordless picture book. Its focus is the play of view and perspective, using the striped, gossamer-winged Bee and red Bird as subjects. The first spread shows columns of yellow and black what can they be? and the next pulls back enough to reveal Bee viewed from above, perched on the gigantic head of Bird; from Bee's point of view, Bird's head is the size of a planet. This book is first cousin to Istvan Banyai's Zoom: it also plays with the idea that something that appears very large (Bird and Bee aboard a sailboat, on what looks like an endless span of stylized waves) turns out to be quite small (it's a toy boat held in the hand of a boy). Here, though, the action takes place on a single stage; Bird and Bee are always there, and the scenery against which they appear is always real. The strong primary colors vibrate against each other, and the patterns have the attractive pull of a billboard. Ages 2 6. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“This engaging picture book is ideal for a one-on-one lapsit and will be enjoyed by youngsters who are attracted to the brilliant colors and mysterious patterns.” -School Library Journal
“Done in Fraziers signature style, the illustrations are filled with simple, bold patterns in primary colors, and everything is thoughtfully abstracted into geometric patterns and shapes.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Frazier's (Lots of Dots) crisp graphic sense and supersaturated fields of red, yellow, green, and light blue drive this wordless picture book…The strong primary colors vibrate against each other, and the patterns have the attractive pull of a billboard.” -Publishers Weekly
In this wordless picture book, a bumblebee and a bird embark on a travel adventure.
About the Author
Craig Frazier's illustrations have appeared in, amonth other publications, the New York Times, Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Harvard Business Review, and on the cover of The Society of Illustrators Annual 42. He has also designed four stamps for the U.S. Postal Service including the 2006 Love stamp and the 2010 comemorative Scouting stamp. His books include Hank Finds Inspiration, recipient of starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, Trucks Roll!, and the Stanley picture book series. Craig lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife Suzanne.