They Say Blue
  • Imprint: Abrams Appleseed
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2020
  • Price: $9.99
  • Trim Size: 7 x 7
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-4096-1
  • EAN: 9781419740961
  • Page Count: 38
  • Illustrations: full-color illustrations throughout
  • Format: Board Book
  • Rights: World ex Canada
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Now available as a board book, the award-winning They Say Blue is a playful, poetic exploration of color and point of view

In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, we follow 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.


"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
"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."
"Attuned to a child’s psychology and patterns of critical thinking, this visually stunning work is a must-purchase for libraries."
School Library Journal
"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 book, and This One Summer, both co-created with Mariko Tamaki. This One Summer was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Printz Honor, and an Eisner Award. They Say Blue is Tamaki’s first picture book.