The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous bridge in the world. It is also, not entirely coincidentally, the world's first bright-orange bridge. But it wasn't supposed to be that way. Read more...
The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous bridge in the world. It is also, not entirely coincidentally, the world's first bright-orange bridge. But it wasn't supposed to be that way.
In this book, fellow bridge-lovers Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols tell the story of how it happened--how a bridge that some people wanted to be red and white, and some people wanted to be yellow and black, and most people wanted simply to be gray, instead became, thanks to the vision and stick-to-itiveness of a few peculiar architects, one of the most memorable man-made objects ever created.
Told with playful paper cut-outs and irresistible prose, This Bridge Will Not Be Gray is a joyful history lesson in picture-book form--a gorgeously crafted story that teaches us how beauty and inspiration tend to come from the most unexpected places. Sometimes you have to fight for what you believe in, even if it's just a color.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Simple questions make fine picture books. Why is the Golden Gate Bridge orange? National Book Award finalist Eggers (A Hologram for the King) begins before the bridge was built, as some Bay Area residents protest the idea: It will mar the beauty of the land, they said. Whats wrong with boats? they said. But the project goes ahead, and public opinion swings around to support it. Eggerss featherlight humor provides laughs throughout, as in the description of the bridges steel parts journeying through the Panama Canal: It was a long trip, but the pieces of steel did not mind, for they are inanimate objects. Although the Navy wants to stripe the bridge black and yellow, and most people expect it to be gray, Irving Morrow, the projects idiosyncratic champion, defends the vivid orange of the steels anti-rust paint, making the proclamation that gives the book its title. Nicholss (Crabtree) construction-paper cutouts and hand-lettering provide a series of puckish visual counterpoints for the storys two important messages: that situations and objects that appear unchangeable do, in fact, come from somewhere, and that adults can squabble even more foolishly than children. Ages 3up. (Nov.)