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Blue Rider

Blue Rider

by Geraldo Valério


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On a gray and crowded city sidewalk, a child discovers a book. That evening, the child begins to read and is immediately carried beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into an untamed natural landscape. The child experiences a moment of true joy, and as if in response to that single blissful moment, people seem to come alive in all the other rooms of the apartment block. Thanks to the power of one book, an entire society is transformed.

In creating this book, Geraldo Valério was inspired by the German Expressionist group known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), which formed in Munich in 1911 and included painters Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. These artists sought to find the spiritual significance in art, with an emphasis on form and color. In turn, Valério has created a wordless book that speaks volumes about how art can transform us beyond the sometimes-dreary world of the everyday.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554989812
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Geraldo Valério was born in Brazil, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing, followed by a Master of Arts at New York University. His work has been published in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Portugal, France, the UK and China. His books include Abecedário de Aves Brasileiras, My Book of Birds, Turn On the Night and Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose. He lives in Toronto.

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Praise for Blue Rider :

"Valério excels at conveying the pure joy of color and form and, not incidentally, the ability of art and books to lift us up and away." Kirkus , STARRED REVIEW

"It’s a dazzling vision of the way art transcends the everyday." Publisher's Weekly , STARRED REVIEW

"Looking at art doesn’t always stir the soul, but when it does the sensation can be so powerful as to feel like a subsuming rapture. Geraldo Valério manages to replicate this dizzying and rare experience inBlue Rider." — Wall Street Journal

"[A] sumptuous wordless tale …. From the start, the use of color is so sophisticated you can almost hear it …" — New York Times

"Here is a tribute to art, to books, and to the power of the imagination." — Booklist

Praise for Turn On the Night , another wordless picture book by Geraldo Valério:

“A giddy sense of possibility permeates this enchanting wordless story.” Publishers Weekly , STARRED REVIEW

“It is hard to choose a favorite among the illustrations, which use composition, form, and color to full advantage to animate the three animals and spin a magical tale. More than a bedtime story: a treat from a masterful artist.” Kirkus , STARRED REVIEW

“Valério’s stylized imagery … grounds the narrative with a folk-like simplicity, which contrasts with the story’s abstracted, supernatural sweep.” Horn Book , STARRED REVIEW

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