I Wish It Would Snow!
A bunny in a woolly red sweater revels in the beauty and leafiness of autumn. But when the leaves finally carpet the forest floor in gold and orange—Dillard (Extraordinary Warren
) draws every one of them individually to give a sense of how quickly abundance turns into excess—the rabbit is filled with fall ennui. “I need it to snow!” it says, throwing itself around in what looks very much like a tantrum. And the snow arrives. But the pretty swirling white dots soon blot out the wintry lavender sky, and the weather goes from catch-a flake-on-the-tip-of-the-tongue fun to bowl-one-over blizzardy (“When will it stop?”). Sledding with friends offers a momentary respite, but by then, spring is already on its way. Here we go again: “I wish it would snow,” the rabbit thinks anew, sneezing on the fresh flowers. Dillard’s array of compositional styles includes comics-like panels and an almost vertiginous high-angle view. And though magical thinking sometimes collides with the forces of nature, Dillard wisely chooses to give her protagonist a skewed resilience that’s both funny and absurdly admirable. For this rabbit, tomorrow’s always another day for yearning—and kvetching. Ages 4–8. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Dec.)