Hardcover, 72 pages
Published by Enchanted Lion Books (2012-03-20)
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A man drives his truck up to a cliff's edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Surprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. The man's comic attempt at flight deepens the encounter between these two very different creatures. Soon the bird flies off and the man drives away, but in a surprise twist the bird and his friends return, and in a starkly lyrical moment we see them all experience something entirely new.
Germano Zullo is a prolific writer and poet who lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He writes for adults and children alike, and has written many popular children's comics and stories.
Albertine has illustrated loads of children's books and also illustrates for many of the daily French newspapers in Switzerland. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Geneva.
One Potato Review
A man, a truck and a spectacular flock of many-colored birds which apparently need releasing over the edge of a cliff. Something gets left behind. Your three-year-old may not be entirely ready for this, but they will remember it, and probably want to revisit until things start to add up. This is what happens when artists are not afraid to fly a little higher than we’re accustomed, forcing us to sometimes crane our necks. Visually stunning, yet a rally cry to always look closer: “Because little things are not made to be noticed. They are there to be discovered.”