"They say blue is the color of the sky, the sea, the blue whale. Sounds simple, right? But this observant little girl knows the world offers all kinds of hidden truths and intriguing surprises, if only you pay attention and look."
A 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and A 2018 Parent's Choice Picture Book Gold 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.
About the Author
Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator, author, and comics artist living in Toronto, Ontario. She is the co-creator, with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, of the young adult graphic novel This One Summer, which won a Caldecott Honor in 2015. She makes books and comics for people of all ages, including They Say Blue, a picture book about looking and thinking.
"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."
"Thinking, imagining, noticing—these, Tamaki suggests, are the tools we have to understand our world."
— Publishers Weekly
"Attuned to a child’s psychology and patterns of critical thinking, this visually stunning work is a must-purchase for libraries."
— School Library Journal
"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