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Snowie Rolie Hardcover – September 19, 2000

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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

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (September 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060292857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060292850
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A true luminary and creative spirit, William Joyce has put his personal stamp on children's media in every direction. His picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob and Santa Calls; he's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series; developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug's Life; and his films include Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He's currently co-directing The Guardians for DREAMWORKS, and is producing The Leaf Men, based on his picturebook. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Rynear on December 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My 2 year old son loves anything with Rolie Polie Olie. William Joyce's hardbound picture books are the best of the collection. The other board books are cute, and tough, but the picture books truly show off the great technique used to illustrate the books. This one uses fun language as well, and a friendship message to tell the story. I love the way names of things are changed, like "Klanky Klaus" for Santa... it makes reading these books aloud a lot of fun. I highly recommend Sleepytime Olie and the original Rolie Polie Olie picture books as well.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca A. Staffel on January 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Our daughter loves the book "Rolie Polie Olie" (even without having seen the cable show!), and so I was happy to see a new, winter-themed book. I ordered it without much thought or research--what a mistake! The story is, in a word, lame. The enchanting rhymes of the first book are gone, there's not much continuity in the story, and the bond between Mr. Snowie and the kids is stated, but never shown. Why should they cry when he leaves? Klanky Klaus is a cool name, but why not give him some personality? There are so many whys, particularly when everything else I've ever read by Joyce has been so brilliant. He can't possibly have written this, and I'm shocked he even okayed its publication. It seems like a rush job (might I call it a snow job? :-) ) that Disney tossed out there in time for the Christmas season. It's the first children's book I've ever returned. I even stopped a woman in a bookstore who was carrying it and told her to buy Ezra Jack Keats's "The Snowy Day" instead if she was looking for a winter picture book. This book made me that mad. Bring back the real William Joyce!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The book "Snowie Rolie" by William Joyce is a very creative book for children. It sets there imagination off. The set is very aesthetic setting with cute characters. The rhyming and fun use of words, I think, captures the childrens attention and makes them like the book even more. I didnt have Rolie Polie Olie as a kid but my niece loves it. I think its a wonderful book for children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although my 3-year-old daughter loves the original "Rolie Polie Olie" book and the drawings in this one are just as lovely. overall I was disappointed. Especially since the nice rhymes are missing. And the story is a little hard to follow.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I made the mistake of buying this book for my son and my nephew without reading it first. What a disappointment. My son has loved the original Rolie book from the start. It was a must-read every night for close to a year. But he never chooses Snowie Rolie from his stack of Christmas books- I think he's had me read it a total of 2-3 times.
If Joyce wrote this book, then I won't be buying his future works. I guess he sold his reputation and his soul for the big dollars- shame on him! Actually, I don't think anybody "wrote" it at all-I suspect this book is a sloppy adaptation of a Christmas TV episode.
Much time was spent on the graphics, which are as cute as those in the original "Rolie" book. But there was no attention paid at all to the language, or even the story line. It's very disjointed- events on one page don't even flow to the next. The story seems almost random. I have to conclude that they selected specific pretty or memorable frames from a TV production and then tried to tie them together with some text. An unimaginative person sat there and probably said "we need an analog to the "rolie polie rhumba dance" and then spat out "they did the chilly cha cha". Totally uninspired. I really have the impression that the text was edited for grammar and typesetting errors and that nobody ever sat and wondered if the story was good or whether it even made sense.
For years we have loved the original "Rolie" book: the language is wonderful, the illustrations enchanting, and the moralistic story is perfect too. The original Rolie Polie Olie book certainly qualifies as a great piece of children's literature- but don't be confused by this pale imitation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "janeset" on January 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My kids love Rolie Polie Olie and the first book is a household favorite and when I saw Snowie Rolie right before Christmas I just had to get it. I didn't read it until later, after my daughter had opened it. The illustrations are as charming as ever and the plot is cute enough but the text is definitely lacking. There is no rhyme, no flow, no beat. It just is not enjoyable to read, if it didn't have such great illustrations it would be a total loss. Sigh. Please tell Mr. Joyce we want the rhymes back!
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A Kid's Review on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the book Snowie Rolie because I think it fills kids imagination and fills their mind. Snowie Rolie is a great book for little children and I am going to tell you a summary about the book. The book Snowie Rolie is about Olie and Zowie who really want it to snow on their planet because it had snowed before. So when the sun was coming up one day uh-oh it's lightbulb had broken and it started to snow! So when Olie woke up Zoom!...he was out the door like the speed of light he was the second Flash! Olie and Zowie started to play and laugh and then they decided to build a friend and that friend was a snowman named Snowie. The problem was a glistering light came out and is started to become hotter and hotter then the snow started to melt and the sun got a new bulb. Olie and Zowie did not know what to do they tried to shove him in the freezer but it did not work he was too big. But then brain blast Olie had a great idea he decided to take him where all the other snowmen live. Chillsville was the place the A/C is on full blast! It was the second Antarticia. As soon as they got out of the car they met hundreds mabye even thousands of snowmen just like Snowie. Then they met Klanky Clause who had greeted and welcomed them to Chillsville. They all decided to feast. They all ate ice-cream and cake and the fun day had to end for Olie and Zowie and they were extremely sad about leaving Snowie. The next day when all the snow was gone in Rolie Polie land there was a box that Olie had found. He wondered who it was from he never expected it to be from Snowie. He ran inside and woke up his sister. His sister was even more excited! They they both opened the box and it was a snow globe with three little figures in it. Snowie was in the middle, Olie was on the left and Zowie was on the right!Read more ›
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