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A Long Way Away [Hardcover]

Frank Viva

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25 April 2013

Embark on a journey beyond our wildest dreams!

Start from one end of the book, and you're up in space. Follow a sweet creature's journey as he floats down and away from his home planet . . .through outer space . . . past the moon, into Earth's atmosphere. . . . splashing down through the ocean's surface...and finally to the bottom of the sea, where he snuggles in for some well-needed rest.

Or, start from the other end, and you're on the ocean floor. Our creature awakens and begins to float up through a watery undersea world...breaking through the surface and into the sky...beyond the clouds and past the moon...through the the far reaches of distant space...Until at last, he arrives home to be embraced by a cozy alien family on a distant planet.

A LONG WAY AWAY is a wondrous and surprising journey; one that is vast, beautiful, and sometimes treacherous, but always resolves in the most comforting way - our charming creature is either venturing up to go home, or floating down to go to bed.

Beautifully spare text is paired with art rich with vibrant detail, from schools of fish to airplanes to spaceships, comets, and planets; here is surprising and marvelous flight of fancy from rising star Frank Viva.

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers US (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316221961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316221962
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,092,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From the farthest reaches of outer space to the deepest ocean on Earth and back again, Frank Viva takes readers on a round trip ride...Deceptively simple, this is one story a parent or child will want to return to again and again. " ""The Horn Book"""

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Frank Viva's fresh follow-up to ALONG A LONG ROAD takes readers on another amazing ride through 35 feet of continuous art - this time through an innovative telling that reads both front to back, and back to front!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Two stories in one 28 July 2013
By Aaron Wyckoff - Published on
Viva has done a remarkable job of crafting a story and accompanying artwork that can be read from either end of the book. A young, smiling figure - perhaps an alien, perhaps a sea creature - travels from deep space to the depths of the ocean, or vice versa, depending on where you begin. The illustrations appear simple, but on most pages there are several things to discover. Lines of color against blue and black backgrounds allow even very young children to follow the progress of the traveller. And regardless of which direction you go, the traveller ends up in a happy place, either deep asleep or at home with a family hug. This book makes an excellent bedtime story that your children will want you to read forward and backward (literally) again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous World 24 Jun 2013
By Catherine W. Hughes - Published on
This simple two-way picture book playfully explores outer space and the deep, with vibrant illustrations and spare text. Children, ages 3-6, will want to dive into this book and experience the wondrous world.
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