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by Beatriz Martin Vidal
AGES: 6-10
SIZE: 8 x 11
PRICES: 19.95 Cdn/ 16.95 US
HARDCOVER: 9781927018644

A 2016 TD Summer Reading Club Recommended Read!

Kirkus Reviews:

This wordless picture book invites readers to make meaning of its mysterious characters’ flights.

Golden endpapers match the colorful birds that fly about the face of a girl rendered in muted grayscale tones on the jacket art, as well as the single yellow bird that flies on the frontmatter page preceding the title page. From this point on, black, white, and grays dominate the dreamlike spreads. At first, stunning portraits of the girl with an aviator’s cap occupy the recto pages while facing versos are illustrated with pictures of birds in flight. These slowly zoom in on a single bird, which begins to shift its shape into the human form of a little boy. Meanwhile, the pictures of the girl zoom out to reveal that her outfit includes a pair of wings. When the bird-turned-boy lands, the girl takes flight, and subsequent turns of the page show her transformation into a bird. A dreamy sense of mystery is reinforced by the image on the back of the jacket, which shows the girl asleep, her flight goggles hanging around her neck and two little yellow birds perched on her hand and shoulder. There isn’t much story here, and it’s not clear which bird or bird-child the title refers to, but there’s ample beauty to behold.

An (av)i(a)nvitation to wonder. (Picture book. 4-7)


Creative Kids Tales:

This is an intriguing story that will require rereading, simply because you take something from the illustrated story each time, and each time it will give you something different.


Author & Illustrator, Beatriz Martin Vidal has cleverly illustrated a series of birds in flight, until they become one bird that the reader focuses on. The distance, and positioning of wings and body of the bird change with the digital time - the narrator of the story. But your mind will compellingly create the unwritten text as the sense of logic assimilates with what is happening in the illustrations, especially when you are introduced to the child who is watching and imitating the bird. And of course, real-life logic becomes blurred with the imagination, where anything can happen.


This wordless book is marked with brilliance for any open ended discussion on what is happening in the illustrations. It taps into everyone's fantasy and fascination of being able to fly like avian creatures. Beatriz Martin Vidal has ended the story with the child in flight. But many questions then come to mind - where is the child going? And what of the bird that landed and changed into a child as the new child took off in flight?


BIRD is certainly a thought provoking book that will leave a lasting impression on the reader as they search for the deeper meaning embedded into the multi dimension facets of the illustrations. I believe this picture book is suited for primary and middle school students, and would certainly encourage discussion, questioning and analysis of all things real and imagined.

~Julieann Wallace


Library Mice Blog:

Bird by Beatriz Martin Vidal (Simply Read books) is an unusual wordless picturebook which is unbelievably striking visually. The artwork is mainly rendered in grayscale tones apart from the odd touch of colour. While many wordless books follow a linear narrative, it is not obvious with Bird (though the blurb hints at a metaphor for embracing one’s imagination) and this makes the narrative possibilities and interpretations endless. This can feel daunting to some adults, but this book is worth a look just for the beauty and lyricism of its artwork. And anyone admiring the illustrations for long enough will undoubtedly eventually find ‘their’ story.


Picture Books Blogger:

We can’t wait to share yet another stunning wordless picture book with you.


Following feedback from previous posts, we are aware that many struggle with the very idea of a book without words, but for us, this creates all sorts of endless possibilities.


There may not be a rigid storyline or pre-prepared narrative, but this invites the reader to make up their own version of events. Try it, it can be truly liberating!


The story can be open to to interpretation and this can only be a good thing, particularly for extending young children’s minds and imaginations.


This open-ended, philosophical tale is brought to life with stunningly powerful yet muted portraits by Beatriz Martin Vidal and her distinct style of illustration plays a hugely powerful role in this book.


A quirky and unusual picture book which appears to be addressing numerous themes, including migration, family and finding your roots, works across a hugely diverse audience.


With subtle references to birds migrating and only a digital clock to carry you through the story, this book is great for children and adults alike, to explore.


This story without words holds a thousand different meanings and unfurls as you want it to.

You are the narrator to this special read. You determine where this mysterious tale will take you and the destiny of the lead character.


Vidal’s artwork alone is reason to own this book and the limited palette of predominantly warm whites and greys make for truly inviting and dreamlike spreads.


McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, Michigan:

I've always been intrigued by books with no words. When I was young, the intrigue was disgust. I could not comprehend why or how there could be such a thing as a book with no words. As I grew, so did my appreciation for the artistry and creativity that has to go into these books. Beatriz Martin Vidal recently published a book with no words called Bird and, ironically, there are no words to describe it. The pictures are sequenced to the times of a black bird flying, while a little girl, dressed in white, begins to suit up for what looks like flying an airplane. She puts on a hat, goggles, and finally harnesses on her own wings. While the little girl is changing into her flight suit, the black bird morphs into a little boy. The two meet on a seesaw and as the little boy lands, the little girl takes flight.


The illustrations are absolutely exquisite - perhaps the best I have ever seen visually as well as evocatively. The most genius aspect of this book is that it allows the reader to come up with story after story in countless scenarios of how the little girl earned her wings, how she and the little boy know each other, and what it feels like to soar above the world. Okay, so I lied. There is one line of text on the back cover, "let your imagination fly"...and it truly does with Bird.