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Snowmen at Night (Storytown Library, Grade K, Story 8) Paperback – November 1, 2005

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From Publishers Weekly

Not since Frosty paraded through the village square have snowmen enjoyed such a slip-sliding good time as they do in the Buehners' (Fanny's Dream) latest flight of fancy. When a boy observes that the snowman he built the day before now looks droopy and disheveled, he imagines what happened to his snow creation during the night. Soon the boy pictures all the neighborhood snowmen gathered in the park for "ice-cold cocoa," a snowball fight, a round of making snow angels and more. Surely a full night of play and a long glide back to their homes must be the explanation. The rhythm of the rhyming text sometimes matches the rollicking spirit of the snowmen's wintry pursuits, but occasionally stumbles: "Then the snowman games begin: They line up in their places,/ each one anxious for his turn in the snowman races." The glee comes through at its most infectious in Mark Buehner's oil-and-acrylic paintings of the merrymakers, who look so delighted in their revelry that readers won't be able to help smiling in response. Bringing the brisk snap of the season to the fore, his scenes feature a natural light show, depicting an inky night sky and fluffy snow that glistens beneath moonlight and (street) lamplight, and eventually, the gradual brightening of dawn. Children will like being in on the secret here and eagle-eye readers will relish finding hidden figures in the shadows, clouds and snowdrifts. Ages 4-8.
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PreSchool-Grade 1-A child wonders why a snowman looks droopy the morning after it was made and decides that snowmen must be nocturnal. The bouncy, rhyming text describes the imagined rumpus in which the snowmen have races, do tricks on skates, and bump into one another like clowns. "They gather up their snowballs, the pitcher takes his aim,/and underneath the moonlit sky they play a baseball game./No one knows just how it started,/but soon it's quite a sight-/with snowmen throwing snowballs/in the world's best snowball fight!" After a night of action, the tired snowmen return to their homes. The oil-over-acrylic paintings capture the fun of the rollicking adventures and bring these round creations to life. The illustrations convincingly depict their solid bodies in action, and the moonlit snowy setting provides a sense of mystery. The imaginative description and lively art could provide an entertaining read-aloud for bedtime sharing or winter storytimes.
Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 890 (What's this?)
  • Series: Storytown
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0153524855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0153524851
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.2 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a fabulous book, certain to become a favorite! The creative story is written in rhyme, with clever use of humor along the way. The illustrations are breathtaking and silly. I have read this to my 3 year old, 5 year old twins and 8 year old twins. They can't get enough of the fun snowman antics. I've also read this to a Pre-K class and 3rd grade class. ALL CHILDREN HAVE RESPONDED POSITIVELY to this charming story. The best surprise is when you read the last page and learn about hidden images in the book. After reading this book 5 or 6 times we are still finding new images, like the snowman face in the moon.
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A far happier idea of what happens to snowmen than "Frosty the Snowman". Author Caralyn Buehner and her husband Mark Buehner (the book's illustrator) woke one morning to find that the snowman they'd created the night before had surreptitiously moved several yards closer to their front door. Inspired by their snow creature's apparent desire to move around and about, the Buehners started speculating on the eventide activities of snowmen in general. The result is the lovely and ludicrous "Snowmen At Night".

As the young boy narrator tells it, one day he made a snowman with coal eyes and mouth and a carrot nose. The next day he returned to his fine creation only to find it looking all saggy baggy. This causes the boy to speculate, "What do snowmen do at night?". The answer is clear. Snowmen like to go to the park drinking ice-cold cocoa made by (and here it gets a little odd) "snowman mothers". Hm. Then they start to participate in their own very particular games. These include races, skating on the frozen ponds, making snow angels, and having fabulous snow fights. There's even some big time sledding down monstrous (but not too scary) hills. Towards the end, you really can't blame the snowmen if they've lost an eye here or a mitten there. Maybe they look a little bit worse for wear by the morning's light, but rest assured that they've definitely had a good time while you slept.

It's difficult for a person of my generation to read a snowman book and not instantly think of old "Calvin and Hobbes" cartoons. The snowmen pictured here are actually not too different from the ones pictured in Bill Watterson's strips, but they're significantly less scary. I think you'll instantly gravitate to this book the minute you see the cover.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is definitely not just for children. Adults will enjoy sharing this with their kids. We just received the book and my husband & I are in love with "Snowmen at Night". The faces and details on the snowmen are outstanding. The artist has hidden little pictures on the pages for you to find. I have a feeling that we are going to get as much enjoyment from this book as our 3 yr. old daughter.
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My 6month old son fell in love with this book. Now at nine months old he will only fall asleep for his nap after reading this book and "Green Wilma". A must buy for any library!! The hidden pictures will keep any aged child entertained.
(Looking back on this review...now 4 months later, my son will pick this book out of a pile and then lay down for his story.)
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By A Customer on January 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've read this book countless times to my 2 1/2 yr old son and he loves loves it. The story is original, beautifully illustrated and just plain fun for an adult to read over and over as a bedtime story. A must have for any childrens library!
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We purchased this after our son's month-long obsession with "Snowmen at Christmas," which is an absolutely magical book in terms of storyline and illustrations. This book just sort of seemed like a shadow of the Christmas one. It's a bit shorter, not as in-depth, and the illustrations aren't quite as magical as those in the Christmas book (what with the Christmas lights and really well-done winter night scene lighting). Our son isn't as taken with this one and we aren't either. That said, if we'd gotten this one first we might have been head over heels.
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Format: Board book
I got this as a Board book last year for my 2-year old. We both loved it so much that I purchased it for every other child I know age 2-6 (in hardcover for older children)including my 10 month old so she has her own copy! The hidden art is certainly a bonus for adults and kids alike and is so much fun.
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By A Customer on April 28, 2004
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Who'd have thought snowmen were so busy at night? This book is great, the story is unique and very enjoyable. The whole concept of the story is that at night the snowmen in your neighborhood all get together and have a grand old time for themselves.They play baseball with snowballs and a broom. They have a tremendous snowball fight, they make snow angels, go sledding. The illustrations are outstanding. One of my best book purchases so far this year. So if you notice in the morning that your snowman looks a little disheveled , it's because he had a very busy night.
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