A snowman who finds it dreadfully cold keeps doing things that cause him to melt, while the children who rebuild him each time offer clothing to keep him warm.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books (October 2010)
School Library Journal:
"The repetitive, rhyming text reads well. The bright, cartoonlike illustrations are hand drawn and colored in Photoshop, and the small details will reward those who have a close look, particularly at those cardinals. This new take on a popular seasonal theme should find a warm audience during cold months."
The rhyming text keeps the snow show moving along at a brisk, bouncing pace, and the series of problems and solutions creates an entertaining, recognizable pattern. The large digital illustrations are colorful and uncluttered, and they slyly integrate the additional antics of two boisterous cardinals, who cavort along with Sneezy until his happy, Goldilocks-like proclamation, "At last! I feel just right."
Wright's rhyming text is well suited to this whimsical story. Parent storytellers will have fun acting out Sneezy's big sneezes and exhortations, while emergent readers will appreciate the refrains throughout. Gilpin's illustrations are attention-getting and fun, punctuated with the antics of a pair of amusing cardinals. Young readers will ask for this book more than once.
Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green