They Say Blue
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: March 13, 2018
  • Price: $15.54
  • Trim Size: 10.5 x 9.5
  • ISBN: 1-68335-277-7
  • EAN: 9781683352778
  • Page Count: 40
  • Illustrations: full-color illustrations throughout
  • Format: Ebook (Self Ended)
  • Rights: World ex Canada
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In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn’t blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue. She doesn’t know, she hasn’t seen one. Playful and philosophical, They Say Blue is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at.

This first picture book from celebrated illustrator Jillian Tamaki will find equal appreciation among kids and collectors.


"Thinking, imagining, noticing—these, Tamaki suggests, are the tools we have to understand our world."
Publishers Weekly
"a reminder to slow down, savor the present, notice small details, and relish childlike wonder."
Kirkus Reviews

About the author

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comics artist best known for her graphic novels Skim, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated, and This One Summer, both cocreated with Mariko Tamaki. This One Summer was awarded a Caldecott Honor, Printz Honor, and Eisner Award.