Ah, Charles Santore. I've always felt the cover of his Snow White is one of the weaker illustrations in the book -- makes it seem bland, which it isn't. Your choice of internal pictures was great.
I've just spent an hour poring over a wonderful mostly-wordless book, trying to pick just the right pictures to scan. Here's Matthew, who (we are told) runs every morning. He starts out on a spring day . . .
but encounters a banana peel . . .
then meets Isabella and her dog Max, who have just what he needs . . .
Isabella and Matthew end up chatting together on a park bench. The fun of all this is that it takes some time to find Matthew -- or any of the other many characters -- in every picture:
In the Town All Year 'Round is divided into four seasons. At the start of each section we meet more than a dozen characters -- each comes with a caption:
Emma and Jonas want to play ball in the parkDuring the course of the year, there's lots of weather, a construction site that results in a new kindergarten, evolving relationships, and much more. That was just the beginning for Isabella and Matthew: by the fall they're using their cell phones to find each other in the crowd, looking a little irritated. Another of my favorite characters is Martha, the penguin-loving nun -- although I can't tell if the penguin she carries around is real or a stuffed one.
Oliver will be surprised while working in the garden.
Will Suzie lose something while riding her scooter?
What is a fox doing in the city? [Note fox in picture above, chasing a goose. It ends up investigating dumpsters.]
There's just so much to look at. A reader -- child or adult -- can get sucked right in, seeing all the tableaux, following changes from page to page and season to season.