With bold brush strokes an precise black linework, Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer) brings readers on a journey through color and perspective. Moods influence the narrator's perceptions of the surrounding world as together we navigate grey winter clouds golden grasses and the warmth of new summer. Stunning verbal and visual metaphors dance inextricably in this wise and contemplative picturebook.
— From Niki
A 2018 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winner!
In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn’t blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue. She doesn’t know, she hasn’t seen one. Playful and philosophical, They Say Blue is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at.
This first picture book from celebrated illustrator Jillian Tamaki will find equal appreciation among kids and collectors.
About the Author
Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comics artist best known for her graphic novels Skim, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated, and This One Summer, both cocreated with Mariko Tamaki. This One Summer was awarded a Caldecott Honor, Printz Honor, and Eisner Award.
"The free-association nature of the child narrator’s interaction with her surroundings seems utterly familiar, and approaching it with observational, sensory language lands it firmly in territory children can relate to. This poetic, off-kilter little book has enigmatic power, and observant children will likely be enchanted."
"Thinking, imagining, noticing—these, Tamaki suggests, are the tools we have to understand our world."
"Attuned to a child’s psychology and patterns of critical thinking, this visually stunning work is a must-purchase for libraries."
"A reminder to slow down, savor the present, notice small details, and relish childlike wonder."
"Award-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki covers her pages with colors, textures, meaning, and form that will allow the reader to explore and experience emotion along with the young girl."