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The Boy and the Mountain
By (author): Mario Bellini Illustrated by: Marianna Coppo
Mario Bellini ,

Illustrated by :

Marianna Coppo


Tundra Books



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Children: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Jun 21, 2022
$24.99 CAD


11.31in x 8.13 x 0.42 in | 0.92 lb

Page Count:

48 pages


Tundra Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Camping & Outdoor Activities
A boy sets off to draw a mountain in this thoughtful exploration of art and the creative process. For fans of Hike by Pete Oswald.

A little boy, who is a keen artist, becomes obsessed with a mountain he can see from his house. One day, he tries to draw the mountain, but his drawing doesn’t look anything like it, so he decides that he has to take a closer look. He sets off with his dog, drawing what he sees along the way, and making a growing collection of animal companions during his hike. But when he finally reaches the mountain, the boy makes a discovery about the importance of perspective and friendship which changes how he views the world around him.

Both a powerful exploration of art and a sweet ode to hiking, this picture book from acclaimed author-illustrator Marianna Coppo and her partner, Mario Bellini, will inspire readers young and old to stop and take the time to appreciate both the world around them and others who inhabit it.

LOVABLE CHARACTERS: Marianna has a knack for creating charming, positive characters, and the little boy and his entourage of animal companions are no exception.

CAPTIVATING ART: Marianna’s characters are adorable and her stylized, graphic art is striking, especially in terms of the landscapes and the boy’s notebook sketches.

LOTS OF HOOKS: This is an exploration of mindfulness and a love letter to the creative process. There’s something for every reader here.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS: This story will inspire an appreciation of the outdoors and hiking in young readers.

RISING STAR: Marianna Coppo’s profile is on the rise! Petra has sold over 18k copies LTD and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in the UK. She has a growing online fanbase of over 8,000 Instagram followers (and over 8,000 followers on Behance).

MORE TO COME: We have another project signed with Marianna — a follow-up to Whose Poo? (Who Did That?) in Fall 2022.

MARIANNA COPPO and her partner MARIO BELLINI are avid hikers who reside in Rome, Italy. Marianna is an author and illustrator who studied editorial illustration at MiMaster in Milan and now focuses on freelance illustration. Her debut picture book, Petra, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She is also the creator of Ray, A Very Late Story, Such a Good Boy and, with author Daisy Bird, Whose Poo?. Her most recent book is Thingamabob.

Author Residence: Rome, Italy

Marketing: Continue to brand Marianna Coppo’s books and raise her profile as a creator


Author Website: https://mariannacoppo.tumblr.com

Author Social Media: @mariannacoppo (Instagram & Twitter)

“A sweet story about the depth of what a beautiful place can provide beyond its beauty. A recommended purchase for most collections.” —School Library Journal

”This picture book will speak to any child who wants to draw something exactly how it looks, with a lesson about how a shift in how we look at something can change everything.“Booklist

”A multi-layered story that invites thought, observation, conversation, and discovery.“ Celebrate Picture Books

”Upon reaching the mountain, the boy realizes how important perspective and friendship are, which changes the way he views the world." CityParent

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