PreS. Kirk's takeoff on "The Gingerbread Man" features a roly-poly snowman looking like a first cousin to the Pillsbury doughboy. He runs away from his creators, young Nick and Kara, and races past a couple who wants to adopt him and a circus owner who would like to make him a star. The monkeys at the zoo want him to stay, as do the kids he joins in snowboarding down a hill. "I'm a snow dude / as wild as can be. / Run fast as you can--you won't catch up with me," he taunts. The last line of the refrain is a little clunky, but the action is smooth right to the last spread, where Nick and Kara implore the horde following Snow Dude to make snow people of their own--which everyone does, with great abandon. Everything comes together well here; computer-ehhanced artwork, in smooth candy-coated color, reflects the frosty milieu. Snow Dude is an impudent, icy embodiment of his gingerbread forebears. Crackling with excitement and mischief, this will be fun to read aloud. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Daniel Kirk is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including his own Go!; Snow Family;
and Hush, Little Alien.
He is the illustrator of Tugga-Tugga Tugboat, My Truck is Stuck!
and Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo.