Thursday, October 31, 2019

Some Snow Is... coming to a book store near you next week!

I can't believe it's almost November and "Some Snow Is..." will be in stores in a little under a week! This book has been a part of my life for the past three years and it's been such a pleasure to work on. I signed the contract to illustrate this beautiful poem by Ellen Yeomans in October of 2016, while I was still working on "The Yin Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful". I knew I would not be able to start working on it until a year later, but I was so excited about it and so happy that Penguin was able to wait. 

"Some Snow is fluff snow..."

Let me start by sharing the synopsis of the book from the publisher:

Lyrical poetry and stunning paintings showcase the surprise, the fun, and the beauty of everyone’s favorite winter adventure: snow! 

Some snow is First Snow,
we’ve waited for so long snow.
Is it really snow snow
or only heavy rain?

Starting with the thrill and excitement over the first flakes falling from the sky, we follow three young neighbors enjoying all types of snow through the season. From sleet and fluff snow that isn’t good for anything to angel snow, snowball snow, driveway snow (which can lead to the best forts), tracking snow, sledding snow, snow day snow, and all the way to the last snow which is exciting in its own way:

Soon, soon, all gone snow.
We’ve waited for so long snow.
Please, please, no more snow.
Our bikes are whispering. 

Beautiful verse and evocative energetic illustrations perfectly hit all the right exciting and cozy notes that children will savor every winter!

Soon it will be spring snow...

Ellen describes the progress of winter and the different kinds of snow with so much knowledge, love, and wit. I remember reading the manuscript for the first time on a cold and rainy October day and feeling like the kids in the story, impatiently waiting for all this rain and sleet to stop and for the "real" snow to come!

The book already got a nice review from Kirkus, calling it “A perceptive, three-season-ish celebration of snow perfect for a snuggly read." 

Some snow is snow day snow...

I hope you will enjoy this winter poem as much as I did!


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