The Story of the Blue Planet by Andri Snær Magnason. Illustrations by Áslaug Jónsdóttir.
“A Seussean mix of wonder, wit and gravitas.” The New York Times.
Published in more than 30 countries:
Brimir and Hulda are best friends, living on a beautiful blue planet where there are no grown-ups, life is wild and free, and each day is more exciting than the last. Until, one day, a rocket ship piloted by a strange- looking adult named Gleesome Goodday crashes on the beach. He promises to make life a hundred times more fun—with flying- powder, and coated skin so that no one ever has to bathe again—and even nails the sun to their sky. But Hulda and Brimir soon discover that their endless fun has consequences they could never have imagined. Could it be that Gleesome Goodday is not everything he seems?
An extraordinary adventure of magic and generosity, and a beautifully simple tale of selfishness and sacrifice, The Story of the Blue Planet will delight and challenge readers of every age.
UKLA Award (United Kingdom Literacy Award) 2014/ Green Earth Honor Award 2013 / Winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize. / The Janusz Korczak Honorary Award. / The National Theatre Prize for New Plays. / Nomination for the IBBY International Honour List 2001 for illustrations. / The West Nordic Literature Prize 2002. / Nomination for the Nordic Children’s Book Award. / Nomination for The Reykjavik Educational Council Children’s Book Prize. / Nomination for the IBBY Award. / Nomination for 5 DORA awards -Toronto 2005. / Published in 25 languages / Staged in 5 countries.
The Story of the Blue Planet has been published in the following countries: France (Gallimard), Italy (RCS Libri/Fabbri Editori); Spain (Omega), Denmark (GAD), Sweden (Kabusa), Faroe Islands (Bókadeildin), Greenland (Atuakkiorfik), Estonia (Eesti Raamat), Yugoslavia (Izdavacka Kuca Draganic); Thailand (Image Publishing). Serbia (Draganic), South Korea (Seoul media), Greece (Patakis), Norway (Karviland), Finnland, (Pieni Karhu), Japan (Gakken), Germany (Leibziger kinderbuchverlag). China (Bjkpress) , Lithaenia (Zara), Hungary (Romania) by Koronia, See here for English publication by Seven Stories Press. Available also in Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia.
The play BLUE PLANET was produced by YPT in Toronto in April 2013. In Finland in the city theaters of Lahti and Vaasa have performed the play and the city theater of Lucerne in Switzerland.