Ballad by BlexbolexBallad by Blexbolex


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Paper over Board | November 15, 2013

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Ballad is a story, and like all great stories it deepens with each retelling. Ballad builds over seven sequences. The first has three images: school, path, home. The next builds upon the first, giving us: school, street, path, forest, home. The next five sequences take up this story, but with new words and images that nearly double the previous sequence. Here a child encounters the world as he returns home from school, and we see his small world become enormous. This story is as old as the world. It happens every day.Blexbolex is a bold, highly talented graphic artist. In addition to creating comics, he's been internationally acclaimed for Seasons, selected as a 2012 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and People .
Blexbolex is a bold and highly talented graphic artist. In addition to creating numerous comics, he has been internationally acclaimed for his books Seasons, which was selected as a 2012 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and People,which received the prestigious Goldene Letter Award in 2009 for Best Book D...
Title:BalladFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:280 pages, 6.5 × 5.63 × 1.18 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:Enchanted Lion BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:159270137X

ISBN - 13:9781592701377

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Piece of Art An absolutely beautiful piece of work but an awkward book to categorize or generalize. This has been nominated in the graphic novel category for the Cybils but mostly as it fits there better than anywhere else. It's not going to appeal to the average graphic novel enthusiast though. I'd describe this as a long picture book, illustrated artistically, with as much, if not more (?) appeal to the older reader than a young child. Text and illustration go hand in hand here with the illustration being the prime mode of storytelling and the text mostly short two words in a stylized cursive font. This is a piece of art. The story is whimsical. The kind of tale children make-up in their heads as they play (or used to before internet), of bandits and dragons and queens, kidnappings, witches, spells and heroes. A joyous fairy tale! And again to show how hand-in-hand the text and illustration are the text mimics the art; when the world goes upside down so do the words, when the crowds and people get jumbled up so do the words and when the scenes are hidden in the dark the words are missing too. This is a very unique experience and will not appeal to those interested in a normal reading experience but if you enjoy something unusual, avant-garde even don't hesitate to read this little treasure.
Date published: 2014-12-18

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of 2013 Brainpickings' Top 13 Children's, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013 ?As a story, it's challenging, mysterious, and even obscure. As an object and a piece of bookmaking, it's a work of art." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "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 "The best, most enchanting stories live somewhere between the creative nourishment of our daydreams and the dark allure of our nightmares. That's exactly where beloved French graphic artist Blexbolex transports us in Ballad (public library) - his exquisite and enthralling follow-up to People, one of the best illustrated books of 2011, and Seasons ." - Brain Pickings "When language is altered or disintegrates, how do we tell stories? In this spellbinding fairy tale, French artist Blexbolex imagines a fantasy town - each page presents a gothic snapshot of a single plot point, each with infinite interpretations. The town is turned (literally) upside down as a witch casts cruel spells, bandits kidnap a queen, demons dance in the night, and a stranger embarks on a perilously heroic quest. The true genius is in the details, as omens foreshadow victories andnuanced words dredge up evocative emotions - and certain objects play an integral part in the convergence of the plot. While the word choices are pivotal, it is the skill presented in the silkscreen printings that enliven this thrilling, magical adventure. Recommended for both detailed-oriented children and adults." - ForeWord Reviews "Pictured in a long spate of silkscreen tableaux bound up in a small, bricklike volume, a bored child's daydream zigzags its way into an increasingly wild fantasy adventure . . . The delicious temptation to take an active role in the surreal adventure by adding details or even whole subplots will be hard to resist." - Kirkus Reviews "An intriguing book - one to unravel, decode, and ponder in successive re-readings." - The Horn Book "a ballad that will make the heart soar and make you believe in everything nice. It is also never the same story twice. You will know what I mean when you actually start reading it. There are hidden scenes and it is definitely not a normal reading experience. I think it will appeal to all parents and children and you must go for it." - The Hungry Reader "