With Half Term on our doorsteps here in the UK, many of you will be off to snowy climes with the family. Here is the perfect reading material for you and the little ones, reblogged from Carter’s fantastic blog “Design of the Picture Book”
Over and Under the Snow
by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
Settle in for a bit. This book will warm your soul.
Absolutely zero snow falls in southern California this time of year, or any time of year really, but this book makes me feel like I am deep in the middle of a winter wonderland.
Kate Messner’s words are hushed and poetic; she is such a beautiful writer. And we tweeted each other once about Ramona Quimby, so I’m an extra huge fan. I love this post by her editor on her words’ rhythms. And Christopher Silas Neal’s art is stunning. The tiny animals are vibrant against the stark snow, and page by page, this quiet walk bursts with life. This post by both Kate and Christopher is a great glimpse into the process of making this book. Go ahead.
You certainly don’t have to be a writer or artist to appreciate this book, but those bits in me make me crazy for this one.
I especially love the use of color in the illustrations. The cool grays and blues are balanced by our girl’s red knits, a pouncing fox, and a roaring bonfire back home.
White snowflakes scatter over the shadows.
And the sky — I love the sky — it changes from a warm blue, to a cloudy purple, to a deep midnight navy over the course of the book. A gorgeous transformation over the course of this jaunt through the snow.
Add this one to your winter collection!
ISBN 978-0811867849, RRP £10.99