One of my favorite picture books lately is Gus Gordon's Herman and Rosie. It's a deceptively simple story but so many things work. The art and text are beautifully balanced--each doing what it does best. The characters are fun. And the timing. . . He makes you wait for the resolution. That's hard to do when you only have 32 pages to work with and several of those belong to the publisher. But he does it and then he resolves it in such a gorgeous, quiet, satisfying way.