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Snow Dude Hardcover – November 2, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (November 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786819421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786819423
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Cooper
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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise Carlsen on March 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Snow Dude is a modern Gingerbread Man (with a nod to Frosty) who gets away from his creators and merrily taunts everyone who wants his company.

Told in perfectly metered rhyme, with bright and modern illustrations, it's a relief from fairy tale updates that work too hard and somehow don't satisfy. It's perfectly natural to believe that the Snow Dude has an inborn talent for boarding and that the whole town follows him on his happy chase.

My only criticism is that the story stops following the Gingerbread Man just at the pivotal point: he gets to the edge of the water and doesn't know how he'll cross. No fox shows up to make a deal; in fact, nothing happens--the children tell the assembled crowd that everyone can build his own Snow Dude, a party ensues, (which is nice) and everyone forgets all about the chase and the crossing of the water. Maybe that was Kirk's point:Here is where MY story is different.

This is an enjoyable book that I have used for several storytimes (ages 3-7) with great success.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Adams on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is so cute, I'm a media specialist, and found this book for my nephew for Christmas after the book arrived I wrapped it up with his other items. During the last week of school I found myself needing a book to read to my students so I ran home and unwrapped his gift so that I could read it to them. Everyone loved it and we all were laughing by the time it was finished. The pictures were fabulous!
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By Michelle Bechard-Toth on January 18, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 4 year old loves Snow Dude. Full of whimsy and silliness and we love the illustrations, especially the mischievous wind.
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You need to read SNOW DUDE! It is amazing, magnificent...snowrific! The Snow Dude is like the Gingerbread Man and Frosty the Snowman. Gingerbread cookies chased him to Snowboard Hill. Other characters chased him too. Cara had a cool solution. "Build snow dudes of your own!" We love his name and the silly illustrations. They taught us to tell a story without words.
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