They Say Blue (Groundwood Books, 2018)

A purple tulip blooms under blue and grey spring showers. Fields of long, golden grass stretch like waves on an ocean. A young girl reviews her relationship with colour amid changing seasons and childhood activities, thinking about the colours she can and cannot see.

With illustrations that are a combination of acrylic paint on watercolour paper and Photoshop, They Say Blue is a picture book that produces a mesmerizing exploration of colour. Jillian Tamaki’s transitions between senses and daily occurrences are as natural as her protagonist’s smooth stream of consciousness.

I left with a deepened, more imaginative relationship with colour.


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