In this introduction to the seasons of the year, a child explores a colorful, surreal landscape with many oversized features.
This white tyke, with short-cropped auburn hair and accompanied by an orange tabby cat in each scene, paddles a tiny rowboat between giant lily pads to encounter a gigantic frog as the pithy text reads: “Green spring shoots and buds.” On the next double-page spread, the same kid scales the extra-large flowers trailing down the side of a three-story watering can accompanied by another line of unrhymed verse with color words set in the appropriate hue. Each season is allotted two double-page spreads as the youngster rides a giant fish or imagines rabbit-shaped clouds in summer and stares in awe at enormous autumn leaves or plays among giant pumpkins in the fall. Only winter gets short shrift, with one sole double-page spread in which the protagonist builds a giant snowperson. While Riggs’ text is lyrical and economical, Domeniconi’s digitally created art in soft, rich tones is the star, using surreal but realistic images that seem to glow from within.
An amicable almanac. (Board book. 2-4)