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THE SMILEY SNOWMAN by M. Christina Butler


by M. Christina Butler, illustrated by Tina Macnaughton

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-56148-696-0
Publisher: Good Books

Announcing its raison d’être—it’s “A sparkling glitter book”—on the cover, this book proceeds to deliver flimsy characters and a flimsier plot but, yes, lots and lots of sandpapery embossed sparkles on its titular snowman. Little Bear and Small Fox have built a snowman, and little Fluff Bunny has drawn on its smile. When the three animals visit their creation in the morning, they notice that its smile is not so wide. They decide it’s cold and bundle it up—but it begins to melt! They remake him, but he still looks sad. What to do? Fluff has the answer—a hug. With all the subtlety of a sugar cookie, these animals grin and giggle their way through this utterly forgettable tale. In the end, even sparkles can’t save it. (Picture book. 2-5)