Blue on Blue by Dianne White, illustrated by Beth Krommes

Blue on Blue - Beth Krommes, Dianne White

It's a beautiful day of blue sky and white clouds when a storm rolls in. This rhyming picture book shares the entire experience of the storm for a farm family using 119 words arranged into simple, carefully selected phrases. The scratchboard and watercolor illustrations by Caldecott Medal winner Beth Krommes feature such things as idyllic country scenes, farm animals, and a puppy and child playing in the ensuing mud.


One of the really nice touches to this book is that the illustrations span even the publication and acknowledgement pages...and the truth is that I love this book for the illustrations, especially the arial views.  Beth Krommes' style, media, and technique are unique unique and a bit reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints and books like Ed Emberly's Drummer Hoff.