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Blue Rider


Groundwood Books
Canada & United States, 2018


On a 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, the world seems to come alive.


“A dazzling vision of the way art transcends the everyday.”   Publishers Weekly


“Here is a tribute to art, to books, and to the power of the imagination.”   Booklist


“Valerio 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 Reviews