- Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Publication Date: March 13, 2018
- Price: $17.99
- Trim Size: 10 x 10
- ISBN: 978-1-4197-2851-8
- EAN: 9781419728518
- Page Count: 40
- Illustrations: full-color illustrations throughout
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: World ex Canada
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A 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner!
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.
**STARRED REVIEW**— Booklist
"The free-association nature of the child narrator’s interaction with her surroundings seems utterly familiar, and approaching it with observational, sensory language lands it firmly in territory children can relate to. This poetic, off-kilter little book has enigmatic power, and observant children will likely be enchanted."
**STARRED REVIEW**— Publishers Weekly
"Thinking, imagining, noticing—these, Tamaki suggests, are the tools we have to understand our world."
**STARRED REVIEW**— School Library Journal
"Attuned to a child’s psychology and patterns of critical thinking, this visually stunning work is a must-purchase for libraries."
"A reminder to slow down, savor the present, notice small details, and relish childlike wonder."— Kirkus Reviews
"Award-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki covers her pages with colors, textures, meaning, and form that will allow the reader to explore and experience emotion along with the young girl."— School Library Connection
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.