They Say Blue (Hardcover)

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Stunning illustrations make They Say Blue a feast for the eyes. Its colorful, vibrant pages would be enough on their own, but the lyrical text is a welcome complement. Jillian Tamaki’s focus on perception and inquisitive learning is a valuable one—an ode to childhood surprise, wonder, and curiosity. The gentle innocence with which the story’s young girl discovers the world through colors, and the delight she takes in what she finds, brought a warmth to my heart that left me feeling at ease. -Sage

— From Spring Booknotes 2018


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419728518
ISBN-10: 1419728512
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 40
Language: English