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A blue so blue / Jean-Francois Dumont ; [translated from the French by Michel Bourque].

By: Dumont, Jean-Francois, 1959-.
Contributor(s): Bourque, Michel.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Sterling Pub., ©2005Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1402721390; 9781402721397.Uniform titles: Bleu si bleu. English Subject(s): Color -- Juvenile fiction | Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction | Children's stories, French -- Translations into English | Blue -- Juvenile fiction | Color -- Juvenile fiction | Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction | Blue | Children's stories, French | Color | Voyages and travelsGenre/Form: Fiction. | Juvenile works. | Translations. | Adventure fiction. | Easy books.DDC classification: [E] LOC classification: PZ7.D89367 | Ble 2005Awards: Prix Saint-Exupéry best illustrated children's book, 2004.Summary: In the big gray city, lived a little boy who never played. With A Blue So Blue, Jean-Francois Dumont has created an outstanding picture book that will dazzle the eye, stir the imagination, and warm the heart. The exquisitely written tale whisks children off of a fantastic journey across land and sea. Every page features breathtaking paintings, rich in color and detail. It is simply a magical tour de force of illustration and storytelling. The adventure begins with a little boy's marvelous dream of a perfect blue, a blue both soft and strong, a blue so blue you want to curl up inside it. Armed with a paintbrush, he travels the globe in search of this special color--from a famous art gallery to a mid-Atlantic fishing boat, from a remote blues club in the Mississippi Delta to a sun-drenched desert with a purple sky--only to realize that what he was looking for was right in his very own home after all.
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Prix Saint-Exupéry best illustrated children's book, 2004.

In the big gray city, lived a little boy who never played. With A Blue So Blue, Jean-Francois Dumont has created an outstanding picture book that will dazzle the eye, stir the imagination, and warm the heart. The exquisitely written tale whisks children off of a fantastic journey across land and sea. Every page features breathtaking paintings, rich in color and detail. It is simply a magical tour de force of illustration and storytelling. The adventure begins with a little boy's marvelous dream of a perfect blue, a blue both soft and strong, a blue so blue you want to curl up inside it. Armed with a paintbrush, he travels the globe in search of this special color--from a famous art gallery to a mid-Atlantic fishing boat, from a remote blues club in the Mississippi Delta to a sun-drenched desert with a purple sky--only to realize that what he was looking for was right in his very own home after all.

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Gr 1-4-A boy who loves to draw starts dreaming about a certain blue: "A blue so blue, it was both dark and bright./A blue so blue, it was always just right." One morning, the memory of it is so strong that he sets off in search of it. He starts at a museum, and, when he doesn't find it, the guard suggests that he look in the Big Blue Sea. This begins a quest that takes him all over the world, from the South Sea to a blues club in the U.S. to the Blue Men in the African desert, until his search ends back at home. The writing, while lacking the concise nature of true poetry, is poetic in structure and occasionally rhymed; the story is more a thoughtful tale than a dramatic one. The paintings are the real stars in this book, which won the Prix Saint-Exupery, an illustration award given in France where it was first published. With dynamic compositions, a great sense of place, and vibrant and beautiful colors, Blue is a visual delight. While this probably won't have wide appeal, artistic kids (and their parents) will appreciate its look and its message.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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