They Say Blue

A Picture Book


Now available as a board book, the award-winning They Say Blue is a playful, poetic exploration of color and point of view


ISBN: 9781419740961 Categories: ,

Jillian Tamaki


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.

Additional information

Weight 527 g
Dimensions 17.7 x 17.9 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 7 April 2020
Number of pages 38
Format Board book
Dimensions 17.7 x 17.9 cm
Weight 527 g


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Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comics artist best known for her graphic novels Skim, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and This One Summer, both cocreated with Mariko Tamaki. This One Summer was awarded a Caldecott Honor, Printz Honor, and Eisner Award.