A blue so blue

by Dumont, Jean-Francois, 1959-

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Winner of the 2004 Prix Saint-Exup#65533;ry, an award given yearly to the best illustrated picture book in France by the family of The Little Prince author, Antoine de Saint-Exup#65533;ry .

In the big gray city,
Lived a little boy who never played...

With A Blue So Blue , Jean-Fran#65533;ois Dumont has created an outstanding picture book that will dazzle the eye, stir the imagination, and warm the heart. The exquisitely written tale whisks children off of a fantastic journey across land and sea. Every page features breathtaking paintings, rich in color and detail. It is simply a magical tour de force of illustration and storytelling.
The adventure begins with a little boy's marvelous dream of a perfect blue, a blue both soft and strong, a blue so blue you want to curl up inside it. Armed with a paintbrush, he travels the globe in search of this special color--from a famous art gallery to a mid-Atlantic fishing boat, from a remote blues club in the Mississippi Delta to a sun-drenched desert with a purple sky--only to realize that what he was looking for was right in his very own home after all.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 1-3. The winner of the 2004 Prix Saint-Exupery, an award given annually for the best illustrated French children's book, is a tale about love, art, and inspiration. In language that is rhythmic and lyrical, the book introduces a boy who loves to paint the color blue, but he can't seem to recover the hue he sees in his dreams. He takes a bus to the art museum, the train to the ocean, a ship to the tropics. In each case, he touches his brush to the blue he finds, but it's never right. He goes up the Mississippi and hears the blues, both sweet and sad; he heads for the desert, where he touches the blue turban of a chief, who tells him what he searches for may never have been far away. Then the boy remembers his mother and finds the blue he was searching for in her eyes. Complex both in its language and in the richly painted illustrations, this makes for an evocative yet gentle book. The endpapers give 18 samples of kinds of blue. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This visually engaging tale follows the adventures of a bespectacled boy who is never without a paintbrush as he searches for "the blue of his dreams." He embarks on a series of journeys, dipping his brush into blues at each destination. Friendly guides point him toward other sites: a museum guard (who curiously does not forbid the child to touch masterpieces with his brush) sends him to the seashore; a guitarist playing "blue notes" tells the boy of the Blue Men in Africa; and the Blue Man chief wisely advises, "What you are looking for I do not know... Yet I do know that it may never have been very far away." Returning home, the boy indeed finds just the blue he's been looking for, in his mother's eyes. Dumont's meticulous artwork ranges from a ceiling-high perspective of the boy's room, whose elongated vertically striped wallpaper evokes the psychological roots of dreams, to the horizontal expanse of a ship that carries the boy to a turquoise patchwork resembling the Carribean. The dense, occasionally sing-song text pales next to the quality of the artwork, and the ending borders on clich? ("I looked and I asked and I started to roam,/ till I found it at last-right here at home"). But given the combination of accomplished illustrations and a compelling tale of a young painter's passion to realize his dreams of artistic expression, this book may well become an inspiration for dreamers and budding artists alike. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Blue -- Juvenile fiction.
Colors -- Juvenile fiction.
Blue -- Fiction.
Color -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Sterling Pub. Co.,2005
Other Titles Bleu si bleu.
Contributors Bourque, Michel.
Language English
Notes Translated from the French by Michel Bourque.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781402721397
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