In a poignant fable about the consequences of war, a little blue boy, orphaned and alone, who lives on a distant, war-torn planet, spurns the company of all living things as he searches desperately for someone safe from the horrors of war--and safe to love.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
Grade 2-5-- A German allegory with a heavy-handed antiwar message. On a distant planet, blue-skinned people adapt to the aftermath of war. A lone boy, fearing attachment to anything capable of dying, stomps on flowers, chases a dog, and threatens an old lady with a gun. He escalates his terrorism by constructing a giant robot that chases people and asks if any are invulnerable. He hears of one such man, who lives on the moon, and transforms his robot into a rocket ship to make the journey. He finds the old man and learns, as he observes the blue planet through a telescope, that selfish ignorance leads to war. The boy is invited to stay if he is willing to disarm. He hurls his gun away and it breaks on the planet below--to which the boy may someday return to tell what he has learned. The publisher's linking this book to Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince (HBJ, 1943) and Briggs's When the Wind Blows (Viking, 1988) is wishful thinking. Blue Boy lacks poetry, irony, or a credible outcome. The comic-book for mat may attract reluctant readers, but the small type and disjointed narrative will not. --Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library
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Book Description Atheneum, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1 Amer ed. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027076105
Book Description Atheneum, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Simone Klages (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0027076105