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Book Description: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 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2011
What was one continuous 35-foot long work of art turns into a nifty visual exercise and an engaging image for young folk.
There are only four colors—black, white, blue and rust—except for that long, long road, which is a shiny ocher. The text is equally minimalist, with only a handful of words per page. The cycling hero curls over his racing bike, now like a crochet hook, now like the capital letter L, now like the letter U, sideways. He races around the town, through a tunnel, over a bridge, hitting a bump, stopping, riding again. That shiny road widens and narrows but never ceases, and readers will gaze wide-eyed at what is along the way: a boy getting ice cream from a truck; a pregnant woman, with boy and dog in tow, buying groceries and waving; the circus tent outside of town and the lighthouse at water's edge. Viva, an international cyclist and designer ofNew Yorkercovers, among many other things, has a pleasing graphic style that indicates shape and movement with geometric form and line.
Great fun to look at; kids will feel the speed of the bike and the there-ness of place.(Picture book. 4-8)
Posted August 4, 2012
What a great idea. Why limit the ages to 3-6 - should be 3-82! I'm sorry I didn't find this book sooner than today (8/4/2012) but you can be sure my teacher-spouse will get a copy for her birthday.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.