The Boy and the Mountain (Hardcover)

The Boy and the Mountain By Mario Bellini, Marianna Coppo (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Boy and the Mountain (Hardcover)

By Mario Bellini, Marianna Coppo (Illustrator)


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A boy sets off to draw a mountain in this thoughtful exploration of art and the creative process. For fans of Hike by Pete Oswald.

A little boy, who is a keen artist, becomes obsessed with a mountain he can see from his house. One day, he tries to draw the mountain, but his drawing doesn't look anything like it, so he decides that he has to take a closer look. He sets off with his dog, drawing what he sees along the way, and making a growing collection of animal companions during his hike. But when he finally reaches the mountain, the boy makes a discovery about the importance of perspective and friendship which changes how he views the world around him.

Both a powerful exploration of art and a sweet ode to hiking, this picture book from acclaimed author-illustrator Marianna Coppo and her partner, Mario Bellini, will inspire readers young and old to stop and take the time to appreciate both the world around them and others who inhabit it.
MARIANNA COPPO and her partner MARIO BELLINI are avid hikers who reside in Rome, Italy. Marianna is an author and illustrator who studied editorial illustration at MiMaster in Milan and now focuses on freelance illustration. Her debut picture book, Petra, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She is also the creator of Ray, A Very Late Story, Such a Good Boy and, with author Daisy Bird, Whose Poo?. Her most recent book is Thingamabob.
Product Details ISBN: 9780735270251
ISBN-10: 0735270252
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: June 21st, 2022
Pages: 48
Language: English
"A sweet story about the depth of what a beautiful place can provide beyond its beauty. A recommended purchase for most collections.” —School Library Journal

"This picture book will speak to any child who wants to draw something exactly how it looks, with a lesson about how a shift in how we look at something can change everything."Booklist

"Bellini and Coppo transform a universal moment of the child’s consciousness into an elegant work full of empathy. No one can duplicate all the wonders of the world in a picture, but we can create something new, which is even better." Imaginary Elevators

"A multi-layered story that invites thought, observation, conversation, and discovery." Celebrate Picture Books

"Upon reaching the mountain, the boy realizes how important perspective and friendship are, which changes the way he views the world." CityParent