Out of the Blue by Rebecca Bach-Lauritsen


A boy’s usual routine is shaken up by the sudden appearance of a bear in Out of the Blue, an award-winning Danish picture book from author Rebecca Bach-Lauritsenand illustrator Anna Margrethe Kjærgaardabout embracing surprise, adapting to change, and welcoming new friendships.

Translated from Danish by Michael Favala Goldman

In a house where everything is arranged just so, there lives a boy whose days are filled with peace, quiet, and solitude. Every morning, he wakes up and follows the exact same routine, without fail… until the day something new appears, out of the blue: a bear!

In this imaginative and empowering picture book, a meticulous child steps out of his comfort zone of control and opens himself up to unfamiliar and unexpected experiences.

Thanks to author Bach-Lauritsen’s poetic text, fluidly translated by Goldman from Danish to English, and the spare, highly communicative, and absorbing illustrations from Kirkus Prize for Young Readers finalist Kjærgaard, this is a sensitive, encouraging story about how embracing change can lead to trust and friendship!

Rebecca Bach-Lauritsen is an acclaimed Danish writer who continuously explores the ways of words. She has received numerous awards for her artistic work in both literature and audio-visual storytelling. Out of the Blue is her first book to be published in the United States.

Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard is a well-established Danish illustrator. She has received numerous awards, including the Danish Ministry of Culture Illustrator Award. Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost, her first book published in the United States, received glowing reviews and was a 2022 finalist for the prestigious Kirkus Prize in the Young Readers’ category, as well as a 2022 Batchelder Honor book.

Michael Favala Goldman is a translator of Danish literature, poet, and jazz clarinetist. He has translated 17 books of Danish poetry and prose, including Tove Ditlevsen’s Dependency, one of the New York Times’s Ten Best Books of 2021. Goldman’s five books of original poetry include Small Sovereign, which won first prize at the 2022 Los Angeles Book Festival. He lives in Northampton, MA.

Hardback with beautifully illustrated pages

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