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WAITING FOR WINTER by Sebastian Meschenmoser Kirkus Star

WAITING FOR WINTER

By Sebastian Meschenmoser (Author) , Sebastian Meschenmoser (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-935279-04-4
Publisher: Kane/Miller

Squirrel usually sleeps through winter, “[b]ut not this year!” The rumpled red squirrel is determined to see snow—but waiting gets pretty boring. Fresh air and exercise help, as does the companionship of Hedgehog, with whom he sings sea shanties, and Bear, who helps them look for snow. Meschenmoser’s minimalist text provides just enough support for his laugh-out-loud illustrations, rendered in swift, penciled lines on creamy white space. Squirrel’s red coat provides a spot of color against the autumnal grays and sepias used to sketch out the trees and the other animals. He packs a wealth of expression into each animal’s face without venturing into heavy anthropomorphism. Readers will howl at the animals’ mistaken notions of snow, and they’ll sigh with satisfaction at the just-cozy-enough end. A perfect marriage of words and pictures. (Picture book. 4-10)