Saturday, November 6, 2010

Book Review: Mama, Is it Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure

Book: Mama, Is it Summer Yet?
Author: Nikki McClure
Illustrator: Nikki McClure
Published: 2010
Source: Local Library

Starting in winter, a little boy asks his mama whether it’s summer yet. Each page takes them a step closer, through the springtime awakening and into the summer they've both been waiting for.

You wouldn’t think a book that only uses a few colors (black, pale beige, and white, with occasional pastel highlights) would be able to bring spring and summer to life so vividly. As summer approaches, McClure adds a few more colors to her illustrations (the cut-paper style that was so eye-popping in her previous All in a Day) until the final spread fairly glows, even though it would seem muted in any other book.

What a lovely and tender celebration of both the seasons and the relationship between mother and son.

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