Sunday, September 25, 2011

Book Review: The Snowman’s Revenge

Fall is upon us and before we know it, it will be time for winter.  Our kids will be out in the cold, building snowmen, having snowball fights, and leaving their wet clothes throughout the house once they get cold enough to want to come in.  Do you and your children watch the Frosty the Snowman movie each year?  It is a classic that we love!
When I see snowmen in other families’ yards, the snowmen typically have smiles on their faces.  You do not typically see a frowning face or even an angry face for that matter!

The Snowman’s Revenge, written by Mark Smythe, tells a different kind of story.  In this story, a typical snow day provides the children the opportunity to build a snowman.  He appears quite happy initially; however, once the children go inside to warm up, he quickly becomes upset that he is left alone.  The poem tells of the snowman’s plot to seek revenge upon the children and what occurs once he is inside the house. 
My daughter and I really enjoyed this book.  I LOVE the illustrations by Mike Motz.  It’s a clever story and I liked the way that the words were creatively printed on the page.  For example, as the snowman is sliding through the snow, the words are printed in a wavy pattern in his path.  I thought this story was a nice break from the happy-go-lucky snowman stories of the past.  The snowman is ticked off!  I almost felt bad for him! 

This is a great story overall and I highly recommend it!  I believe I could even incorporate this story into one of my lessons with my students – how when you attempt to seek revenge, it can backfire in your face J

*Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.  I received a free sample for the purpose of this review.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

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