Every Color of Light: A Book about the Sky

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Enchanted Lion Books
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8.3 X 11.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Ryôji Arai was born in Yamagata, Japan, in 1956. He has an illustrative style all of his own: bold, mischievous and unpredictable. Arai studied art at Nippon University. His art is at once genuine and truly poetic, encouraging children to paint and to tell their own stories. He took the Japanese picture-book world by storm in the 1990s. Since then, he has one multiple awards, including the international Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005.
David Boyd is Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His translations have appeared in Monkey Business International, Granta, and Words Without Borders, among other publications.


Mindfulness, spectacle and awe emanate from every page of this breathtaking collaboration. Arai's forceful use of color and line tell as much of the story as Osada's punctuation-less text loaded with illuminating figurative language. Kudos to David Boyd, who translated this 2011 picture book from the Japanese, for text that sounds as melodic as Osada's original poetry must be. All three contributors express a respect for nature's strength, resilience and beauty. Rain or shine, Every Color of Light is a cleansing breath of fresh air.-STARRED REVIEW, Shelf Awareness
"The life-affirming splendor of the spectrum within and without is what Japanese poet and picture-book author Hiroshi Osada and artist Ryoji Arai celebrate in Every Color of Light: A Book about the Sky (public library), translated by David Boyd -- a tender serenade to the elements that unspools into a lullaby, inviting ecstatic wakefulness to the fulness of life, inviting a serene surrender to slumber..."Arai's almost synesthetic art -- radiating more than color, radiating sound, a kind of buzzing aliveness -- only amplifies this sense of consolation in the drama of the elements, this sense of change as a portal not to terror but to transcendent serenity." -Brain Pickings
"Simply spectacular...Osada's sensory text is written in a satisfyingly economical and precise manner: "Setting, the light turns everything golden. Stilling, the water shines silver." Sprinkled throughout the text is punchy, onomatopoeic language, such as "boom, bah-bah-BOOM!" for thunder. Arai's lush, atmospheric landscape art is remarkably textured, with what appear to be scratches in the art for the driving rain. Appropriately, the palette is the star of the show; readers see every mood of Mother Nature and her corresponding colors: all shades of green imaginable; warm pastel shades of light filling the sky; vivid, golden, post-rain hues." -STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews