This Bridge Will Not Be Gray

illus. by Tucker Nichols. 104p. McSweeney's. 2015. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781940450476.
Gr 3 Up—"Sometimes you have to fight for what you believe in, even if it's just a color." This extensive homage to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge, is quirky yet pleasing. Unassuming text conveys a bit of history about the Bay area and its ultimate quest to create a passageway from the bay to the Pacific Ocean. Paper-cut images playfully depict the faces of people who were involved with the project and those who voiced opinions about how it should ultimately look. The visual simplicity adds charm and makes this story welcoming to a wide array of readers. The length makes it perfect for sharing with those with shorter attention spans, yet it is informative and engaging for independent readers. Obviously a labor of love, it will inspire readers to find the beauty in man-made architectural wonders around the world. The book jacket unfolds into a giant poster of the Golden Gate Bridge.
VERDICT A pleasing picture book that spans a variety of needs, aesthetics, and audiences.

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