- Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Publication Date: April 15, 2014
- Price: $19.95
- Trim Size: 9 1⁄4 x 13
- ISBN: 1-4197-1043-5
- EAN: 9781419710438
- Page Count: 52
- Illustrations: 3-D illustrations throughout
- Format: Hardcover (Paper over Board)
- Rights: US, CAN, PHIL, UK and the Commonwealth
Jim Curious portrays the fantastical story of a young boy and his thrilling trip to the bottom of the sea in an old-fashioned diving suit. But there are no words telling his tale—only intricately illustrated images in exceptional 3-D. On his journey, Jim initially passes the garbage tossed into the waters by land-dwellers, but soon he goes deeper and deeper, immersing himself in the wonders of the waters. He encounters sea creatures large and small, a sunken pirate ship, and even the remnant of what seems to be Atlantis, before coming upon a mysterious force at the bottom that turns everything on its head.
Praise for Jim Curious
"Who needs 3D IMAX technology? Originally published in France, this near-wordless picture book ensures an incredible journey without ever leaving the sofa."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"In this wordless picture book–esque graphic novel, Picard gets to the heart of visual storytelling with a beautifully illustrated 3-D deep sea adventure."
--School Library Journal, starred review
"Here’s a masterful triple threat—wordless book, comics-style book, 3-D book—that successfully parries all charges of gimmickry."
--The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books, starred review
"The lush, expressive black-and-white, full-page illustrations in this wordless graphic novel would be thrilling enough on their own, but French graphic designer Picard has rendered them in glorious, artful 3-D. When Jim slips beneath the surface of the water, the pictures pop off the page, giving a lovely sense of depth to his deep sea dive."
"A thoroughly immersive outing."
About the author
Matthias Picard is a graphic artist who has published a graphic novel, Jeanine, in France. He is based in Paris.