Along a Long Road by Frank Viva

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Along a Long Road by Frank Viva (Little Brown, 2011) is a simply illustrated story about a man riding a bike down a long road. The illustrations are somewhat subdued graphic designs. The book uses only a few colors and a few words on each two-page spread to create a world, road, and people to populate a long path that travels through cities, by oceans, and in and out of tunnels.

According to the front matter, the artwork was produced by the author/illustrator using Adobe Illustrator in one continuous 35-foot long work of art. I could tell: on each page, the yellow road continues where it left off on the page before. My four-year-old son loved to follow the road with his finger as the bicyclist progressed. It was fun to see where the long road would go next.

Reviewed on December 13, 2011

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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