About this book
In Geraldo Valério’s newest vibrant and beautiful wordless picture book, a trip to the beach turns into a magical journey under the sea—exploring themes of friendship and the power of imagination.
When a girl and a frog go to the beach to fish, they are frustrated to find that the fish aren’t biting. Instead, they stare into the water and make faces at their reflections. Then, something spectacular happens. The reflections take on lives of their own, transforming into a mermaid with her own pet frog. Surprise gives way to delight as they invite the girl and the frog to enter a stunning underwater world. The new friends swim and play amongst colorful sea creatures until they discover a pair of glowing pearls and turn them into matching necklaces.
Readers are brought along on a joyful aquatic adventure in this third wordless picture book from Geraldo Valério. Each page is a visual treasure trove full of fish and bubbles and other underwater details. Young readers will especially enjoy following the frogs’ adventures in this celebration of friendship and imagination.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
About the Author
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 many highly acclaimed books include My Book of Birds (described in Booklist as “striking and beautiful”); At the Pond (two starred reviews); Friends (one starred review); Blue Rider (two starred reviews); Turn On the Night (three starred reviews) and The Egg (two starred reviews). His work has been published in many countries, including Canada, the US, Brazil, Portugal, France, the UK and China. Geraldo lives in Toronto.
Awards and Praise
Praise for Friends:
“Gentle humor and a sense of wonder pervade this joyful aquatic fantasy.” — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
Praise for Blue Rider:
“Valério 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, STARRED REVIEW
“It’s a dazzling vision of the way art transcends the everyday.” Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“A sumptuous wordless tale …. From the start, the use of color is so sophisticated you can almost hear it …” New York Times
“Looking at art doesn’t always stir the soul, but when it does the sensation can be so powerful as to feel like a subsuming rapture. Geraldo Valério manages to replicate this dizzying and rare experience in Blue Rider.” Wall Street Journal
Praise for Turn On the Night
“A giddy sense of possibility permeates this enchanting wordless story.” Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“It is hard to choose a favorite among the illustrations, which use composition, form, and color to full advantage to animate the three animals and spin a magical tale. More than a bedtime story: a treat from a masterful artist.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
“Valério’s stylized imagery … grounds the narrative with a folk-like simplicity, which contrasts with the story’s abstracted, supernatural sweep.” Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW