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Along a long road / [by Frank Viva].

Viva, Frank. (Author).
Book Book (2011.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 x 27 cm.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
17 of 17 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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  • ISBN: 9780316129251 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 0316129259 (hbk.)
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: Illustrations and brief text evoke a bicycle ride, with its ups and downs, sweeping turns, and vivid views.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2011 May #1
    A long, noodly figure rides a long, noodly bicycle through a changing landscape, from the starkness of a forest to the cramped geometry of a cityscape. Text—just a few words per page—provides the whispery beat to which he rides: "Hitting a bump / in the way / Stopped / by the side of the road / Up again / back on the track." Viva's résumé includes New Yorker covers, and it shows in the hip, woodcut-style illustrations done in an array of muted tones. In fact, Viva created the entire book as 35-foot-long piece of art, which means each page turn connects flawlessly with the next—the glossy yellow road picks up precisely where it left off, words on buildings are cut neatly in half, and the road makes a complete cycle across the back and front covers to begin again. The overall effect is one of speed: the rider is leaning forward, the road whips away like ribbon, and each word puffs out like a bicyclist's panted breath. Eccentric and peculiar, but handsome, too. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
  • 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 3–6. (June)

    [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2011 June

    PreS-K—The 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 palette—black, 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.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR

    [Page 97]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Citation:

Viva, Frank. "Along a long road." New York : Little, Brown, 2011.

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