First Snow by Bomi Park and Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold and Renata Liwska

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

First Snow is the debut work of Bomi Park, a South Korean writer and artist. It features a tiny little girl waking up the sound of snow falling and sneaking out of the house to go out and play. As an adult I was, of course, immediately like OH NO, what if she gets hurt but once I got my adult side quiet and put away, I was able to enjoy the quiet beauty of the book. The artwork is truly amazing. It has this smudged, ambiguous cast to it that renders everything a bit indistinct as though you are viewing the world through a thick pair of glasses.

Here are some examples of the art:

First Snow is a quiet reflective picturebook that should be perfect for bedtime.



Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Raincoast Books

Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold with illustrations by Renata Liwska is a delightful romp feature a group of anthropomorphized characters waiting impatiently for snow. Or, to be specific, is it the Badger who cannot wait for snow. His friends, the Hedgehog, Rabbit, Vole, and Possum who are waiting with him. Or being patient with him.

They try everything to hasten the advent of snow without any success. Hedgehog repeatedly says that these things will happen at their own own. Crocuses bloom out of their own volition when it’s spring so snow will arrive when it is its time to arrive. Badger, of course, is not listening.

Waiting for Snow is a beautiful book that captures the impatience that characterizes childhood. The art style is lovely too and made me nostalgic for my own childhood. I recommend it.