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Blue Rider

Written by Geraldo Valério

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published March 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781554989829
JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play

Cover of Blue Rider

Regular price $16.95 CAD

44 pages | 9.75 in × 11.50 in
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Blue Rider

Geraldo Valério

On a gray and 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, people seem to come alive in all the other rooms of the apartment block. Thanks to the power of one book, an entire society is transformed.

In creating this book, Geraldo Valério was inspired by the German Expressionist group known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), which formed in Munich in 1911 and included painters Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. These artists sought to find the spiritual significance in art, with an emphasis on form and color. In turn, Valério has created a wordless book that speaks volumes about how art can transform us beyond the sometimes-dreary world of the everyday.

About the Author

Geraldo Valério

Geraldo Valério was born in Brazil, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing, followed by a Master of Arts at New York University. His work has been published in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Portugal, France, the UK and China. His books include Abecedário de Aves Brasileiras, My Book of Birds, Turn On the Night, Blue Rider and Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose. He lives in Toronto.