I love complex picturebooks - the ones with all the cool little details and funny little quirks. But sometimes simple is good too. Not necessarily minimalism, but simple story, simple pictures.
Trudy by Henry Cole is very simple. The art is realistic and comfortable, the characters likable and interesting. Esme's grandfather has promised her an animal at the country fair. After rejecting several (my favorite - "an assortment of ducks") she finds a free goat, Trudy. Esme bonds with her new pet, cares for her responsibly, and is thrilled to discover Trudy seems to be able to predict the weather! But when her popularity is at it's height....Trudy fails her fans. Or does she have an even better surprise?
Henry Cole's simple story of friendship and responsibility and his cheerful, spare, and elegant illustrations make this a modern classic.
Verdict: No surprises or awards here, just a warm and excellent story that will be cheerfully devoured by children for years to come. Recommended.
ISBN: 978-0061542671; Published January 2009 by Greenwillow; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library; Added to my personal wishlist