by Daniel Frost

Atop a Hill in Frostville

This is Little Otsu’s first venture into publishing children’s books and I would definitely consider it a successful one! Wordless and colorful, this humorous world created by illustrator Daniel Frost has an eccentric cast of characters.

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The story follows a boy and his dog who chases a cat through the busy streets of the town. Crossing traffic, running through a train station, causing ruckus in stores, up and down staircases and over a bridge, the reader is taken on a lively journey.

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Each scene is full of funny looking people from a circular-bodied businessmen to a peg-legged sailor to a reclining bicyclist. Daniel’s style feels modern and fresh with a nod to the illustrations of the 1950-60s that required a limited palette. There’s a lot to look at with each page turn and I imagine a kid pointing and laughing at so much of it. I like looking at it up close, to see the faint evidence of impressive brush strokes. Pick up a copy here.

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