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General Snow Day; Little Western Jumpers; Sleeping Persephone Promise; Collected Burning Queen

The Snow Day by Komako Sakai, and Snow, by Sam Usher
The Snow Day was adorable and odd and imagination-stirring (it also had a protagonist that different reviewers have gendered differently, which I found cool). Which was awesome, but did make me like Snow less, since it is merely cute and amusing, and I read them close together.
(88, 89)

The General, by Janet Charters, illustrated by Michael Foreman; and The Moon Jumpers, by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Two classics from my childhood that I had forgotten about, but fell in love with all over again on a second reading. Both texts are just exactly how they should be. The art for The General is whimsical and resplendent, while the art for The Moon Jumpers is innocent and dreamlike, with a touch of deeper mystery - so both illustrators matched their wonderful texts wonderfully well.
(90, 91)

Little Long-nose, by Wilhelm Hauff, illustrated by Laura Stoddart
A curious and enchanting fairy tale from outside the usual canon. I wish more fairy tales that involve spending seven years as a squirrel were INSIDE the canon, and this one is definitely a good candidate. Stoddart did a swell job with the illustrations, too.

Beyond the Western Deep, vol. 1, by Alex Kain et al
Charming anthropomorphic fantasy comic; the first volume was too short for me to really get invested in it, but I'm curious about what will be next.

Persephone, by Warwick Hutton
Beautiful, spare, well-illustrated retelling of the myth that I found most compelling (and beautiful and disturbing) as a child.

Sleeping Beauty, by Mahlon F. Craft, illustrated by Kinuko Craft
Kinuko Craft is one of my favorite illustrators of all time, so I loved this book, but mostly for intimate, art-related reasons. For example, I spent several minutes staring at one of the dresses' brocades, and tracing the pattern with my finger.

The Promise, by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin
Beautifully illustrated but ultimately frustrating picture book. Just too bluntly didactic and oversimplifying for me. But! Still worth it, because a) it started out well, and b) the illustrations.

Stella, Queen of the Snow, by Marie-Louise Gay
Delightful. Still enjoying the formula of this picture book series, and the artwork is vibrant and playful and carries the reader along.

Bryant & May and the Burning Man, by Christopher Fowler
Oh man. Did I enjoy this? Yes. Would I have enjoyed it if I weren't already so fond of most of the characters in the series? Really not sure I would've. I wish there wasn't so much pressure on later series volumes to get published quickly instead of thoroughly edited ... or maybe the editor just wasn't very involved. Either way there were large chunks of this that read woodenly. The splendid parts were as splendid as ever, though.

Ted Harrison Collected, compiled and commented on by Robert Budd
Beautiful, beautiful lithographs, with very little commentary. Despite the title, it is not every Ted Harrison Art ever, but rather only covers the prints he made. Some of my favorites were included, including some old favorites I'd forgotten about.
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