cover image The Story of Snowflake and Inkdrop

The Story of Snowflake and Inkdrop

Alessandro Gatti and Pierdomenico Baccalario, trans. from the Italian by Brenda Porster, illus. by Simona Mulazzini. Enchanted Lion (Consortium, dist.), $22.95 (56p) ISBN 978-1-59270-186-5

Baccalario (the Enchanted Emporium series) and Gatti, in his English-language debut, trace the paths of a black inkdrop and a white snowflake, which come together in a central gatefold. In the snowflake’s tale, he seeks the perfect place to land as a snowstorm descends on a town; intricate laser-cut snowflakes provide glimpses of a few options (an urban canal, a circus), which are revealed in their full glory after page turns. Flipping the book over, readers meet the inkdrop, which dreams of leaving her jar to become part of a drawing. A gust of wind brings the snowflake and inkdrop together in a wintry midair collision. Their meeting results in an explosion of creative energy, which Mulazzini (Tree of Wonder) captures in a four-page foldout spread that shows an enormous snowflake surrounded by inky blackness, illuminated with delicately drawn pastel images of flora and fauna: “They had endless stories to tell each other. Their embrace lasted forever.” While the laser-cut snowflakes and ink splotches may not hold up well to rereading, it’s a lovely vision of the unpredictable miracles that bring people together. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)