January 2013 Indie Next List
“This wordless picture book follows a young boy who is obviously an outcast, laughed at and bullied by the other kids in his class. When a bluebird starts following him around, the boy doesn't feel so lonely anymore and the two develop a friendship. In this truly touching book, Staake delivers a story that will speak to anyone of any age about the importance of friends.”
— Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
"Like nothing you have seen before," raves "Kirkus Reviews" in a starred review.
In his most beautiful and moving work to date, Bob Staake explores the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and the importance of friendship. In this emotional picture book, readers will be captivated as they follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm. Both simple and evocative, this timeless and profound story will resonate with readers young and old.
Bob Staake has been working on this book for 10 years, and he believes it is the story he was born to write.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Bob Staake has written and/or illustrated more than sixty books, including The Red Lemon, a New York TimesBook Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. He has been a cover artist for The New Yorker since 2006, and his November 17, 2008, Barack Obama victory cover was named the Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts