In this two-in-one board book, discover the joys of various seasons.
With one half of the book dedicated to winter and the other half to spring, the two sections are bound back to back, necessitating a turn upside down in the middle. While some books use this two-part format in innovative ways that enhance the story, this flip feels cumbersome, as it adds no real richness and serves only to slow readers down. As a read-aloud, it stumbles as well, as the meter in the short couplets is off in places, and even when the rhyme does scan, lines such as “snowman to make / ponds to skate” are none too exciting. Flat, graphically simplified illustrations feature a multiracial cast of characters with round faces, black dotted eyes, and small, semicircular smiles, making them look like mildly exaggerated emojis. Sometimes these depictions of people work; other times they look misshapen, like oddly proportioned clothes perched upon a personified lightbulb. Better are the richly colored and stylized close-ups of seasonal objects like colorful cups of cocoa, red-and-white striped socks and vividly black-and-gold bumblebees. These bright, rounded objects are adorable, especially those with cute, kawaii-style happy faces. A companion book dedicated to summer and fall is slightly stronger, with catchier rhymes and lots of seasonal brightness.
Though the flippable format doesn’t add much, the illustrations are eye-catching. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)