Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2011 April #1
A note explains that newcomer Viva created the art for this celebration of cycling "as a single, continuous thirty-five-foot-long piece of art." The uniting element is a golden, glossy ribbon of road that winds, unbroken (but for a tunnel), through the matte pages of the entire book, even onto the endpapers and covers. Suggestive of linocut prints, Viva's artwork combines supple curves, big areas of soft black background, light blue for water and shading, and the occasional brick-red accent; it's simultaneously stylish and restrained. Simple, lilting text reproduces the smooth, rhythmic pace of cycling and the meditative state of mind it induces. "Along a long road," Viva starts, showing the cyclist in a grove of birches, "going up," he continues, as the cyclist climbs an incline, passing a snail. "Around a small town and down," he continues, as the road snakes past a football field, a bird flies overhead, and a figure on a tractor waves in the distance. It's the kind of book that creates a mood rather than telling a story, evoking the freedom of traveling, the joy of movement, and the exhilaration of being outside. Ages 3â6. (June)
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School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2011 June
PreS-KâThe old adage that the journey is more important than the destination is whimsically demonstrated in this picture book. The illustrations were created as a continuous 35-foot-long piece of art using Adobe Illustrator, a fun fact tucked away in the front matter. Kids won't be able to resist tracing a finger along the featured bicyclist's route, shown in relief with glossy ink and running page to page and onto the covers without interruption. The bike rider winds his way through the countryside and the city, all created in a style reminiscent of 1950s-era graphic art. Readers may want to put on the brakes for just a moment to enjoy searching out smaller details, such as a whale's tail and a minuscule passenger on a Ferris wheel. The sophisticated paletteâblack, cream, rust red, slate blue, and burnished gold-is unusual in children's books and is another feature that makes this title a stand-out. The text is minimal, subtly reinforcing the action. This outstanding visual treat about the open road will inspire readers, whether on three wheels or two, to pedal faster and farther.âAlyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
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