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Blue rider /

by Valério, Geraldo [author,].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Toronto ; Groundwood Books : 2018.Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm.ISBN: 9781554989812; 1554989817.Subject(s): Imagination -- Juvenile fiction | Books and reading -- Juvenile fiction | Stories without words | Imagination -- Fiction | Books and reading -- Fiction | Stories without words | JUVENILE FICTION / Art & Architecture | JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries | JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play | Fiction | Picture booksSummary: In a book without words, a child finds a book on a crowded city sidewalk and is transported beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into an untamed natural world.
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<p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>

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In a book without words, a child finds a book on a crowded city sidewalk and is transported beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into an untamed natural world.

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Horn Book Review

In this wordless picture book by Valerio (Turn on the Night, rev. 1/17), a young girl living in a rather somber city finds a book on the sidewalk, takes it back to her monochrome, soulless apartment complex, and is transported by the explosive color and energy she finds within. The title seems to refer to the early-twentieth-century Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) artistic movement, which was characterized by its expressionism and freedom, and that reference is borne out in the illustrations here of the book-within-the-book. That books cover features a blue horse. As its pages turn, the blue horse jumps into the sky, a trail of color behind it, and subsequent spreads become increasingly abstract until they are a vibrant and electric assemblage of cut and torn geometric shapes. And from that brilliant collage the blue horse, now with the girl reader on its back, descends and returns to the city streets. The final spreads show the girl in her same apartment in its same nondescript block, but now thrumming with its own vivid geometric display, exuding happiness. While knowledge of the historical artistic movement may add meaning, it is in no way necessary; indeed, this book simply and persuasively speaks to the power of art to brighten and illuminate our lives, no matter how or where we find it. thom barthelmess (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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