In 'Listen Listen' Phillis Gershator's text takes us with rhythm and rhyme through the cycle and sounds of the seasons. it sounds wonderful read aloud and is great for lulling little ones to sleep at bedtime; but this is only the half of it because the amount of detail in the images mean there are almost endless points of discussion and the last few pages even contain extra images with lists of things to spot.
Alison Jay's illustrations are totally original. Not only are the ways she depicts people and animals all her own, but she applies some kind of varnish on top to create a crackled antique look.
The images are non geometric panels which look like decorations from an old and lovingly created piece of furniture.
And I must also speak up for the format - a large (11 inch square) board book. Although I bought it in the most inappropriate place given it's heft (FAO Schwarz, New York at the beginning of a holiday) I wish more board books were this size... none of the detail is lost and it is stands up to constant thumbing wonderfully.