Huzzah and Hurrah as CITY DOG, COUNTRY FROG receives its 4th starred review in Publishers Weekly. They say:
Willems's concise sentences, paired with joking illustrations in his other works, lose their hilarity--but gain significant emotional weight--when matched with Muth's watercolors.... The understated episodes acknowledge the transitory nature of the seasons and of life itself.
PW has also chosen the book for their staff picks for 2010 where they remark:
In this pitch-perfect picture book collaboration, Willems and Muth follow two animal friends throughout an entire year, with the arc of their friendship paralleling the changing seasons. An understated yet wonderfully evocative rumination on friendship and loss, highlighted by Muth's glorious watercolors.
Meanwhile, over at the Horn Book a nice review remarks:
The Washington Post also chimes in with:
The text of the rhythmic, almost circular story is brief and quietly declarative, few words stretching to even three syllables, and calmly centered in the middle of the white left-hand pages while Muth's watercolors fill the right. These are expansively glorious evocations of each season's rural splendors, with the homelier figures of our heroes providing an empathetic link to the landscape.
From froggy smile to wagging tail, every inch of "City Dog, Country Frog" evokes canine reality as well as the human emotions we all invest in our four-footed companions. An improbable friendship made simply and beautifully real by an equally improbable pairing of words and art, writer and illustrator.
Thanks PW, Horn Book, & Washington Post!
I hope you enjoy the book as well when it's released next week.
A reminder: I'll be signing this book and others in Northampton, MA tomorrow at Broadside Books.