What wonders a snowy day can bring! Rolie Polie Olie, a cute little arthropodish robot, often wishes for snow in his frost-free land. One day his dream comes true--the sun blows a bulb and snow begins to fall. Olie and his sister Zowie decide to build a buddy--named Mr. Snowie! As with the legendary Frosty the Snowman, all is well until the sun returns to its bright, warm state, then suddenly Mr. Snowie is in danger. "What to do? What to do? They had a friend they couldn't keep cool!" There's only one solution. It's time to rocket to Chillsville where they encounter scores of frosty friends for Mr. Snowie, including one very familiar looking jolly fellow with a white beard and a belly like a bowl full of jelly.
William Joyce, author-illustrator of Rolie Polie Olie, Rolie Polie Olie: A Little Spot of Color, and many other popular picture books, delights young readers with his quirky computer-generated characters and lighthearted adventures. Vivid colors, jaunty shapes, and playful, simple text are trademarks of Joyce's unique, contemporary style. (Ages 2 to 6) --Emilie Coulter
Ages 4-7. Joyce, whose wacky concepts morph into unforgettable art, here revels in the artistic capabilities of the computer. Rolie Polie Olie, the little round robot (now also a Disney TV star), returns in a story of snowmen and Santa (the high-tech Klanky Klaus). On the day Rolie's snowless planet blows a bulb and experiences a snowstorm, he builds a snowman, Mr. Snowie. But the sun gets a new bulb and Snowie begins to melt, so it's off to Chillsville, where, after a tussle with the North Wind, Rolie and friends eat some snowball pie, dance a chilly cha-cha, and leave Snowie safe with Santa. The story is slim and told in an uncomplicated text whose only real allure comes from hanging on to the fantastic pictures. Joyce's pictures are computer-generated with 3-D imaging that makes the rows of snowmen, bedecked in candy-cane-striped scarves, Santa in his rocket-powered sleigh, and the planet-hopping Rolie all seem as if they're about to zoom off the pages into the reader's lap. Yet despite the sophisticated techniques involved, the book has a goofball sensibility combined with a straightforward simplicity that will appeal to readers of all ages. Ilene Cooper
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