New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2013


Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of 2013


One of Barnes & Noble's "Best Books of 2013"


"Like nothing you have seen before," raves Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.


In his most beautiful and moving work to date, Bob Staake explores the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and the importance of friendship. In this emotional picture book, readers will be captivated as they follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm. Both simple and evocative, this timeless and profound story will resonate with readers young and old.


Bob Staake has been working on this book for 10 years, and he believes it is the story he was born to write.


North American publisher: Schwartz & Wade

Foreign rights sold: French to Editions Milan; Japanese to Asunaro Shobo; U.K. to Andersen Press; Spanish to Oceano

Foreign rights contact: Leah Belli (

Film rights contact: Gillian MacKenzie (


"Staake has drawn a book of true beauty with a bittersweet ending." New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2013


"Without use of a single word, this book raises all kinds of simple profundities for kids to question, ponder, imagine, and discuss.” —Booklist, starred review


"Believers and skeptics alike will find something deeply impressive and moving in this work of a singular, fully committed talent." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Like nothing you have seen before." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review


"I wish I could say this without using words, but I can’t draw like Bob Staake. Few people can. This book is a beautiful, beautiful thing." —Gene Weingarten, Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist, The Washington Post

"From its elegant, innovative title sequence to its bittersweet conclusion, this picture book is a feast for the observant eye ... Staake’s graphically distinguished art (rendered in Photoshop) conveys extraordinary depth of emotion ... A story of friendship, of unfolding awareness, or of a more universal kind of love, this quietly beautiful book invites repeated perusals." —The Horn Book


"Bob Staake is a magician, an alchemist. In his hands, geometric shapes poetically take on some of childhood’s big themes: tenderness, longing, and loss. A universal and deeply resonating fable.” —Françoise Mouly, Art Editor, The New Yorker


“Bob Staake’s wordless story of a boy and his constant companion, a bluebird, brings a tear to your eye, a lump in your throat, and finally, a glow to your heart.” —George Lois, Art Director and pioneer of the Creative


"The latest book from award-winning illustrator and The New Yorker cover artist Bob Staake may be wordless, but the story speaks volumes. Stunning visuals tell the tale of a young boy, a bird, the ugliness of bullying, and the magic of friendship. It will both break your heart and give you hope." —DailyCandy