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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316129259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316129251
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A terrific debut from Viva." - The New York Times


"This is one of those rare picture books that deserves a place not only on a child's bookshelf but in an art museum." - The Boston Globe

★ "[An] outstanding visual treat." - School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book
  • School Library Journal Best Books 2011
  • 50 Books/50 Covers American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • Amazon: Best Children's Books of the Year 2012
  • Chicago Public Library: Best of the Best 2012
  • Finalist: Governor General's Literary Award (illustration)
  • Bank Street College: Best Children's Books of the Year, 2012


"...and after that exhilarating ride, we're just as keen as he is to start all over again. This time, we'll fully appreciate the graphic qualities of this tour de force" - The Globe and Mail

*"This outstanding visual treat about the open road will inspire readers, whether on three wheels or two, to pedal faster and farther."—School Library Journal (starred review)

"Eccentric and peculiar, but handsome, too."—Booklist

"Great fun to look at; kids will feel the speed of the bike and the there-ness of place."—Kirkus Reviews

"It's the kind of book that creates a mood rather than telling a story, evoking the freedom of traveling, the joy of movement, and the exhilaration of being outside."—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Frank Viva is an award-winning author/illustrator and graphic designer. His illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, in The New York Times and many other places. His first picture book Along a Long Road was a 2011 New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Making books is his favorite thing to do.

More About the Author

Frank Viva is an award-winning author/illustrator and graphic designer. His illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, in The New York Times and many other places. His first picture book Along a Long Road was a 2011 New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Making books is his favorite thing to do.

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We enjoyed this one greatly and look forward to more books by Viva in the future.
Steven R. McEvoy
The rhythmic prose and mesmerizing illustrations are fun for her and keep me and my husband entertained, even after reading it several times a day!
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Simple text, paired with graphic illustrations, make for a picture book with modern appeal.
Catherine W. Hughes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
When it comes to children's literature it is becoming more and more difficult to find something that you can truly call "different;" something unique that grabs you and causes you to say to yourself, "Good grief, I've never seen anything quite like this before." Considering that illustrated children's books, in one fashion or another have been with us since at least the 15th or 16th century, the likelihood of producing something absolutely new is quite small.

Well, Frank Viva has come pretty near creating a completely new work here. Yes, there are books out there where some of the elements of this work can be found, but Viva has taken many of these elements and come-up with something that I feel is truly a bit different.

This is the story of a man on a bicycle trip; a short day trip really, or just a trip from home to perhaps his office and then back home. The starting point and the ending point really matter little in this case as it is the journey that counts; it is what this simple story is about. A man begins his journey on his bike. He followings a never ending road though the countryside, through small villages, goes by the sea, through tunnels, across bridges, into the big city, though neighborhoods and then beyond. He starts but really, never finishes...and if he does finish, well.....

The author has used a yellow road; a twisting, turning, up and down road that connects each frame of the book. The illustrations are really all one very long and large picture of the man's journey. It is really rather difficult to describe, but I assure you it is absolutely delightful. These illustrations are accompanied by a wonderfully simple text...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This first book by award winning Toronto graphic designer is breathtaking. This book is illustrated with in a very limited pallet, predominantly in black and light yellow and blue. The only other colors are red, mainly for the riders jersey, and brown for the road. The people have a slightly surrealistic look but the background and skylines are simple yet evocative illustrations. Children will love the fun illustrations yet they are of such a quality adults will not bore of reading the book over and over again. We enjoyed this one greatly and look forward to more books by Viva in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica at Cracking the Cover on July 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Roads wind through towns, across countrysides and through cities. They are what connect people to each other.

In "Along a Long Road" by Frank Viva, readers follow a never-ending road from page to page without a break. The road, highlighted in yellow and with a smooth texture, stands out as it winds across the pages.

The road crosses through trees, under power lines, around a small town, into a tunnel, over a bridge and going really, really fast.

Limited to primary colors, the illustrations here are graphic in nature and play to the movement of the winding road. And the physical texture of the road is a nice touch. Unfortunately the review copy I received, the UV coating was not completely dry when the book was assembled and it stuck together, leaving a tear near the spine. It's a small tear, however, and only slightly detracts from the book as a whole.

There's little text to "Along a Long Road," but it's really not needed. It's a fun little book that children will appreciate for its movement and that parents will appreciate for its artistic merit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dharma on May 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I thought the art was cool. I didn't think my 2 year old would really like it because the story seemed boring at first. I was wrong. He loves the simple story and quirky style. Plus the story works on two levels - biking journey and life journey (hit a bump, get up, keep on going). Additionally, there are many little details that can be discussed on each page as the cyclist passes through different scenes. We also discuss concepts like how the cyclist goes fast down the hill and slow up the hills.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Landes on November 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Frank Viva, a noted artist, crafts a simple but interesting and fun story about a boy who takes his bicycle around town and through a number of fun and challenging obstacles and noteworthy places. What makes this book unique and fun is that the author has used great texture in showing the path the boy follows by painting a yellow line that extends through the entire book charting his path around town. The yellow line, or path, jumps out of the page in the book and catches the readers's eye allowing children to focus in on the boy, the path he takes, and the people he sees around town. This book was named one of the NY Times Best Children's Books of 2011 and is a worthwhile addition to any small children's library.
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By J. Knowlton on April 23, 2014
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My son and I love this book. He is 3, but the book would be great for younger and older kids as well. It's a simple fun adventure with great graphics.
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By Erin on March 8, 2014
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Preschoolers love it too. The preschoolers from two different classes of mine made their own long roads out of blocks. They then looked in the book and decided what other structures they had to make. The pictures capture any child's attention.
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