Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes

These pictures are cool. There are probably fancier art terms to use, but I feel I've worn out fascinating, so...

The text is very simple - just rhyming quartets of all the different animals eating in the woodland, "Hummingbird sips/Caterpillar munches/Rabbit nibbles/Squirrel crunches." Very suitable for a toddler audience.

But the pictures are just soooo cool! It's mixed media, specifically "self-hardening clay, acrylic paint and mixed-media collage." It all blends together to create a rich and colorful landscape of autumn.

The different animals are exquisitely textured in clay, with various natural objects - leaves, acorns, bark, etc. scattered about the scenes. The paint blends it all together into a gorgeous scenic stroll through the autumn landscape.

Toddlers will enjoy the rich colors and intricate art. They'll especially enjoy playing hide-and-seek with the kitten, finding her hidden in each page. Perfect for an autumn storytime or browsing through with your little one.

Verdict: Highly recommended for your library's picturebook collection! You should also get the earlier volume, Kitten's Spring if you don't have it already. I look forward to finding more books by this ingenious artist.

ISBN: 978-1554533411; Published August 2010 by Kids Can Press; Review copy provided by publisher through Raab Associates


NatalieSap said...

Ooh, this looks wonderfully adorable! Wish my public library had it - is it not out yet?

Jennifer said...

It was out August 1st - You might want to request that they purchase it, Fernandes isn't as well-known here as she should be!