A spectacular picture book, with text in subtly linked beautifully composed four-line stanzas, evoking winds around the world, including those in the Canadian west, off the coast of Central America, Capetown, and the Middle East.
The illustrations are muscular, organic, powerful evocations of the power of those winds.
Shaw TV Chilliwack posted a video of author Barbara Nickel talking about A Boy Asked the Wind, while she presented it at the Yarrow Library in BC. Check out the YouTube Video.
"The beautiful mixed-media illustrations are a good match for the lyrical prose."
— Kirkus Reviews
"In this celebration of the winds of the world, poet Barbara Nickel embeds a subtle message of global unity and peace. . . Nickel's poetry is stunning, vibrant with verbs and gerunds. . . The pictures are energetic and give us information about the various locations."
— Quill and Quire
"A beautiful story about where the wind lives. . . Young readers will enjoy learning about the wind in this rhythmic picture book."
"A Boy Asked the Wind should be on every school and child's bookshelf as a powerful read about nature's airstreams but more as the supremacy of wind to shape our worlds and those of others."
— CanLit for LittleCanadians
"Libraries contain several books on tornadoes and hurricanes, but this is the first book I have seen for young people which discusses other types of winds. The long, rectangular pages of the story are illustrated with double page spreads. They look painterly in design. The shape and pattern of the visible winds match the descriptive words in the author's text."
— Resource Links Magazine
"As an award-winning poet, Barbara Nickel brings a sophisticated, nuanced elegance to the text, making A Boy Asked the Wind more than merely a study in meteorology. . . Gillian Newland's watercolour illustrations vividly capture the changing personality of the wind, as well as the very different landscapes.
— CM Magazine