A Jump Splash Book
I thought it was interesting that I received two books almost back-to-back which both concerned trees. You will recall, last week I reviewed Chloe Bonfield's beautiful and whimsical, The Perfect Tree. This week, the book is The Tree Watcher, by Ohio teacher and artist Christopher P. Stanley.
He takes an approach which is at once both more realistic and more magical. The images for the story carry this duality... glanced at briefly, they seem quite photo-realistic... some of them almost look like actual photos. He captures the essence and details of different types of trees quite well. However, looking at them more closely, I see the slight unreality to them, the way the leaves swirl like wet paint.
The clouds and the grass have the same effect, like heat waves rising from the pavement, a desert mirage.