Out of the Blue: A heartwarming picture book about celebrating difference (Hardcover)
This picture book about a boy who overcomes his fear of being different is a celebration of diversity, acceptance, and pride, perfect for fans of Julián is a Mermaid.
In a very blue house, on a very blue street, in his very blue bedroom, sits a little boy who's feeling very blue. He has a secret: he loves the color yellow. And in a world where only blue is allowed, he knows in his heart that loving a different color must be bad.
Can the boy find the courage to share his true self with his dad? Can the world see the benefits of letting everyone love any color they want to?
A stunning celebration of being yourself and living in ALL the colors of the rainbow, from debut author Robert Tregoning and rising star illustrator Stef Murphy.
Robert Tregoning studied at the Glasgow School of Art before leaping in to a career on the West End stage. He has appeared in stage shows including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Academy Award Winner Sam Mendes, and the Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda the Musical. As an LGBTQ+ writer, Robert hopes to help children and adults alike to accept and celebrate all that makes us uniquely ourselves. The stories Robert writes are stories he wishes he could have read as a child. He hopes they provide a voice of recognition, validation and kindness to those who need it.
Stef Murphy is a freelance illustrator and storyteller living in London. She loves drawing animals and making up stories, and she has illustrated books including The Fire Fox by Alexandra Page. Out of the Blue is her first book for Bloomsbury.
“. . . sweet, catered to add to queer-friendly story times about acceptance and love. . . Murphy's digital art is quiet and subtly beautiful as the pages transition from cool, melancholic blues to page-popping swirls of yellow to the eventual full-rainbow world. Additionally, the rhythmic text lends this book a smooth and satisfying cadence that contribute to its group story time appeal.” —BCCB
“Encourages children (and by extension, their parents, caregivers, and teachers) to embrace and celebrate the differences that make them unique.” —Booklist