cover image Hello Humpback!

Hello Humpback!

Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Harbour (Midpoint Trade, dist.), $9.95 (20p) ISBN 978-1-55017-799-2

First in a planned series, this striking board book from Vickers and Budd, the team behind Peace Dancer and other titles, introduces the animals and vistas of the Pacific Northwest. Graceful, well-constructed rhymes (“Hello humpback/ ocean blue/ chatty raven/ mountain view”) pair with First Nations artist Vickers’s crisp, luminous scenes, with animals drawn in the bold, abstracted style of the region’s indigenous artists. Glossy elements add literal and figurative dimension: as a boy fishes on a dock under a blood-red sky, an enormous embossed fish can be faintly seen in the water below. It’s a gorgeous glimpse of the distinctive landscapes and creatures of the Northwest, and it will enchant residents and nonlocals alike. Ages 2–6. (June)