Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: The Snowman’s Revenge

We had our first frost this morning. Which means our grapes need to be picked immediately.

And that it’s just about time to snuggle up and start reading books about snowmen.  So that’s what we did first thing this morning.

Title: The Snowman’s Revenge
Mark Smythe
Genre: Children’s picture book
ISBN:   978-0982270400
Recommended Age:  3+
List Price:  $9.99
To Purchase:  amazon.com
For More Information:  http://thesnowmansrevenge.com


The snow's piled up high and school's cancelled, so let's play outside and, of course, build a snowman!

Now, what if you were left out in the cold snow all by yourself, like that poor snowman?

Would you be mad?

Of course you would!

Well, this snowman is out for revenge, especially after he sees those kids in the nice warm house, eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate!

So, let's see what happens in this delightful story, nicely flowing with rhymed verse, very beautifully illustrated and quite humorous indeed.

So lovable, it's sure to be an instant favorite and a timeless classic with "kids" of all ages.

Esmé’s Synopsis: 

The book is about a snowman.  At the end, everything is sitting in a puddle after it melted.

The part I like most is the pretty girl in green and purple with pretty boots.  I also like eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate, and the sliding snowman part.  I don’t like where the shovel is broken.

I think other kids should read this book because it is a fun story.

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What Mom Liked:

  • Original. Yes, there are other books where snowmen take human-like qualities and end up in a melted puddle.  But I haven’t read about a snowman with attitude like this one before!  A quirky take on a classic concept that kids will love.
  • Easy-to-read rhyme.  This book is a pleasure to read aloud – perfect for the poetry lessons we are doing.
  • Bright illustrations with fun detail.  Great attention-getters for little ones.  Details like an icicle on the carrot nose, or the investigation of an umbrella holder when the snowman is looking for a place to hide.  My favorite part was how the words graphically fit the illustrations, sliding around while the snowman was sliding, climbing the stairs as the snowman climbed the stairs.
  • Learning opportunities.  You could do an extension activity on seasons and winter.  Or on states of water.  You could extrapolate on the moral of the story, e.g. the consequences of revenge.  Or you could read this just for the fun of it, as Esmé suggests.

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a frank and unbiased review, and to the Cadence Group for organizing the review.