With art supplies in tow, a young boy explores the urban forest near his home and then interprets the forest through his art. A keen observer, the boy sees his forest as both “fluffy” and “prickly,” and as both “crispy” and “soft. ” Each aspect of the forest inspires a different kind of art: charcoal rubbing, rock art, photography, sponge painting, snow sculpture, cut-paper collage. With every new day in the forest, there’s a new way to capture it!


  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2019
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children`s Book Award, Ontario Arts Council 2020
  • Winner, First & Best List, Toronto Public Library 2019
  • Winner, OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association 2019


... a success on many levels . ..

- Quill & Quire, starred review

A lovely celebration of all things green . ..

- School Library Journal

Nature and art intertwine in this multifaceted homage to the beauty and creativity that surrounds and resides within each of us.

- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

... a simple, satisfying tale that's just in time for spring.

- Booklist

... stunning ...

- CM Magazine

... wonderfully captures how a curious young artist uses all sorts of different art techniques and mediums to bring the natural world into his city space.

- The Globe and Mail

A joyful celebration of the natural realm awaits all who enter this book.

- Canadian Children's Book News

... offers gentle encouragement to get outside, observe carefully, and create joyfully.

- Publishers Weekly