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BLUE by Philippe Dupasquier


by Philippe Dupasquier & illustrated by Philippe Dupasquier

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-84270-323-4
Publisher: Andersen/Trafalgar

Dupasquier invites readers to battle boredom by taking a good look around. Having wearied of computer games, soccer and toy racecars, four footloose lads take up a new young neighbor’s invitation to play “the colour game.” This involves lying down on her townhouse’s roof, and looking at the sky. Skeptical at first, the children are soon experiencing an epiphany, getting so lost in noticing the many shades of blue in the shimmering sky that they are filled up with the color, and completely lose track of time. The illustrations themselves seem to shimmer, as collages constructed from cut-out-paper cartoon figures give way to frame-filling abstract compositions in blue and purple hues, complemented by undulating lines of various-sized text in an informal font. Here’s a game worth playing—for everyone, not just budding visual artists. (Picture book. 6-9)