Written and illustrated by Blexbolex

Full color throughout
280 pages
Subjects: Imagination, Fairy and Folk Tales
Age group: All ages
ISBN 978-1-59270-137-7
5.6" x 6.5"
US $22.95
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About the Book

Ballad is a story, and like all great stories it deepens with each retelling. The story builds over seven sequences. The first has three images: school, path, home. The next gives us: school, street, path, forest, home. The following five sequences take up this story, but with new words and images that nearly double the previous sequence. Here a child takes in her surroundings as she returns home from school, and by telling stories about what she sees, she makes her world bigger and more complex. This story is as old as the world. It happens every day.

Awards and Reviews

Ballad is one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2013!

"This book is unlike anything I've ever seen before...It's a puzzle, a fairy tale, an adventure, a love story, made with words and pictures used in a new, utterly beguiling way. The silk-screened images, made with unbelievable fluorescent ink, will draw you in and will leave you breathless till the end."—Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Ballad has been selected as one of Brainpickings' Top 13 Children's, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013!

Ballad is a Publishers Weekly Starred Review!

"As a story, it's challenging, mysterious, and even obscure. As an object and a piece of bookmaking, it's a work of art."
Read the full review at Publisher's Weekly.

"This continuously evolving story traces a child's perception of his surroundings as he walks home from school."

"All throughout, we're invited to reimagine the narrative as we absorb the growing complexity of the world - a beautiful allegory for our walk through life itself."

" an absolute treasure in its entirety, the kind that sparkles with new dimensions of light with each excavation."

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