FROSTY THE SNOWMAN by Steve Nelson

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN

by , , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

“Thumpety thump thump, look at Frosty go!” He’s come back to life again with an edgy, 21st-century vibe in this updated picture-book version of the beloved children’s song that has been popular for over half a century and has become indelibly associated with Christmas.

Previous illustrated versions of the song featured an old-fashioned, jolly snowman and sweet, 1950s-era children. With this new interpretation, Zahares creates a striking, moody atmosphere in his arresting pastel illustrations. The views of Frosty dancing around the village feature deep, saturated colors, bold shapes and a pervasive blue haze of shadows against the snow. Zahares has invented a completely different Frosty, with huge red buttons, long, wooden arms and diamond-shaped eyes that seem menacing rather than friendly. Although the snowman is described in the lyrics as “alive as he could be,” this Frosty seems rather like a robot—quite possibly a scary, 10-foot-tall robot that might whack you with his huge broom. Nevertheless, the multiethnic child characters, extra-large trim size and vibrant illustrations in double-page-spread format make this a natural choice for reading or singing with a stouthearted group. A CD of the song, as recorded by Kenny Loggins, is included with the book.

Most will find this newfangled Frosty a fine fellow, but a few sensitive readers may find him more of a nightmare than a fairy tale come to life. (performer’s note, artist’s note) (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62354-012-8
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2013




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