If you haven't yet read WILDWOOD do it now!!!!
~Under Wildwood, by Colin Meloy (with illustrations by Carson Ellis): Chapter 1 A Boy and His Rat~ "Snow is falling. Snow as white as a swan's feather, white as a trillium bloom. The whiteness is nearly blinding against the dark green and brown of the surrounding forest, and it lies in downy heaps between the quiet, dormant clutches of ivy and blackberry bushes."