The Resource Along a long road, by Frank Viva

Along a long road, by Frank Viva

Label
Along a long road
Title
Along a long road
Statement of responsibility
by Frank Viva
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Illustrations and brief text evoke a bicycle ride, with its ups and downs, sweeping turns, and vivid views
Writing style
Illustration
Award
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books: 2011
  • OLA Best Bets, 2011.
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2011.
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 A long, noodly figure rides a long, noodly bicycle through a changing landscape, from the starkness of a forest to the cramped geometry of a cityscape. Text—just a few words per page—provides the whispery beat to which he rides: “Hitting a bump / in the way / Stopped / by the side of the road / Up again / back on the track.” Viva’s résumé includes New Yorker covers, and it shows in the hip, woodcut-style illustrations done in an array of muted tones. In fact, Viva created the entire book as 35-foot-long piece of art, which means each page turn connects flawlessly with the next—the glossy yellow road picks up precisely where it left off, words on buildings are cut neatly in half, and the road makes a complete cycle across the back and front covers to begin again. The overall effect is one of speed: the rider is leaning forward, the road whips away like ribbon, and each word puffs out like a bicyclist’s panted breath. Eccentric and peculiar, but handsome, too. -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 05-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 17, p89)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-K — The old adage that the journey is more important than the destination is whimsically demonstrated in this picture book. The illustrations were created as a continuous 35-foot-long piece of art using Adobe Illustrator, a fun fact tucked away in the front matter. Kids won't be able to resist tracing a finger along the featured bicyclist's route, shown in relief with glossy ink and running page to page and onto the covers without interruption. The bike rider winds his way through the countryside and the city, all created in a style reminiscent of 1950s-era graphic art. Readers may want to put on the brakes for just a moment to enjoy searching out smaller details, such as a whale's tail and a minuscule passenger on a Ferris wheel. The sophisticated palette—black, cream, rust red, slate blue, and burnished gold-is unusual in children's books and is another feature that makes this title a stand-out. The text is minimal, subtly reinforcing the action. This outstanding visual treat about the open road will inspire readers, whether on three wheels or two, to pedal faster and farther.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR --Alyson Low (Reviewed June 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 6, p97)
  • A note explains that newcomer Viva created the art for this celebration of cycling "as a single, continuous thirty-five-foot-long piece of art." The uniting element is a golden, glossy ribbon of road that winds, unbroken (but for a tunnel), through the matte pages of the entire book, even onto the endpapers and covers. Suggestive of linocut prints, Viva's artwork combines supple curves, big areas of soft black background, light blue for water and shading, and the occasional brick-red accent; it's simultaneously stylish and restrained. Simple, lilting text reproduces the smooth, rhythmic pace of cycling and the meditative state of mind it induces. "Along a long road," Viva starts, showing the cyclist in a grove of birches, "going up," he continues, as the cyclist climbs an incline, passing a snail. "Around a small town and down," he continues, as the road snakes past a football field, a bird flies overhead, and a figure on a tractor waves in the distance. It's the kind of book that creates a mood rather than telling a story, evoking the freedom of traveling, the joy of movement, and the exhilaration of being outside. Ages 3–6. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 4, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 14, p)
  • What was one continuous 35-foot long work of art turns into a nifty visual exercise and an engaging image for young folk. There are only four colors—black, white, blue and rust—except for that long, long road, which is a shiny ocher. The text is equally minimalist, with only a handful of words per page. The cycling hero curls over his racing bike, now like a crochet hook, now like the capital letter L, now like the letter U, sideways. He races around the town, through a tunnel, over a bridge, hitting a bump, stopping, riding again. That shiny road widens and narrows but never ceases, and readers will gaze wide-eyed at what is along the way: a boy getting ice cream from a truck; a pregnant woman, with boy and dog in tow, buying groceries and waving; the circus tent outside of town and the lighthouse at water's edge. Viva, an international cyclist and designer of New Yorker covers, among many other things, has a pleasing graphic style that indicates shape and movement with geometric form and line. Great fun to look at; kids will feel the speed of the bike and the there-ness of place. (Picture book. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10001057
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Viva, Frank
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Preschool
LC call number
PZ7.V827
LC item number
Al 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 0
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cycling
  • Bicycles
  • Children's stories
  • Bicycles and bicycling
  • Bicycles
  • Children's stories
  • Cycling
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Along a long road, by Frank Viva
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn668192470
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780316129251
Lccn
2010019751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780316129251
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)668192470
Label
Along a long road, by Frank Viva
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn668192470
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780316129251
Lccn
2010019751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780316129251
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)668192470

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