Seasons by Blexbolex

Seasons by Blexbolex

Julia Cho
Mar 14, 2011

We were delighted to find this book by French illustrator and cartoonist, Blexbolex, at our local library, but stylistically, it would also be quite at home in Anthropologie.

The more we read through it with our two year old, the more special and refreshing this books seems. Each page has an image in a soft but vibrant color palette, along with just one word in chunky block type above the image. The subject matter roughly correlates and goes through the seasons, but the illustrations also play off of each other in subtle ways that make it ripe for storytelling.

On a practical note, it's a great way for preschoolers to start reading first words since the type is so clear, and the pictures are recognizable.

It's quite a thick book but our daughter will sit quietly through the entire thing. Even though it has an emphasis on words, it reminds me of wordless picture books in the way it refreshes and departs from the silly or sappy stories so much a part of children's libraries. It is more like one long poem.

You can watch a promo video for the book on YouTube to get an idea of the style.

The book is also available in French and you can see a different video showing the stunning artwork here.

Look for Seasons at your own library, local shop or online at Amazon.

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