Fantastic pictures, enchanting snowman characters, and fluid rhymes will be a draw for winter-loving readers, many of whom...



From the Snowman Paul series , Vol. 5

What does a snowman do when he’s challenged to a fight? His young human friend finds out when everyone in the forest gathers to see the epic duel in the latest in Lapid and Pasek’s Snowman Paul series (Snowman Paul at the Concert Hall, 2016, etc.).

Snowman Paul’s young friend Dan worries when he sees his mischievous human friend, Bill, who looks to be up to no good. Bill has befriended Snowman Nick, a behemoth of a snowman with blocky features and a fighter’s exterior. Bill issues the challenge: Nick wants to fight Paul in a snowman duel! What is the twig-haired Paul to do against the pebble-toothed, wicked-looking Nick? Dan is worried, but Paul has no concerns as he smilingly offers a copy of “Rules for Duels in Snowman Land” to Nick and Bill. Bill points out what looks like a wrestling ring on a hill, and they pledge to meet at midnight. All the snowmen and animals and children (including a diverse group of kids who travel via pirate ship) make their ways to the ring, “For Snowman Duels are quite rare.” When Dan arrives ringside, he sees Bill prepared for battle in a helmet and armor with a big stick. But where is Paul? Sleeping! Paul’s still untroubled, climbing into the ring without armor or weapons. Like young readers, who might be nervous by this point, Dan can’t watch. But when he opens his eyes, it’s over, and Paul is the victor. It turns out that Snowman Duels are just glorified staring contests and that Paul and Nick are good friends. In her eye-catching illustrations, Pasek uses contrasting color to great effect, accenting her cartoonlike characters with bright yellows and oranges against a blue winter background. The anticlimactic ending may be a relief for young readers concerned about what would happen to poor Paul, but stouter-hearted readers may be disappointed that there wasn’t any risk to begin with; Paul let Dan worry the whole story for naught.

Fantastic pictures, enchanting snowman characters, and fluid rhymes will be a draw for winter-loving readers, many of whom will wish they had their own snowman friends to duel with.

Pub Date: Jan. 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9973899-8-2

Page Count: 50

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Feb. 21, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2017

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The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and...


Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown’s latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village.

Ana loves to read and spends all of her free time either reading alone or to her younger brother. She knows every word of the one book she owns. Although she uses her imagination to create fantastical bedtime tales for her brother, she really wants new books to read. Everything changes when a traveling librarian and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, arrive in the village. Besides loaning books to the children until his next visit, the unnamed man also reads them stories and teaches the younger children the alphabet. When Ana suggests that someone write a book about the traveling library, he encourages her to complete this task herself. After she reads her library books, Ana writes her own story for the librarian and gives it to him upon his reappearance—and he makes it part of his biblioburro collection. Parra’s colorful folk-style illustrations of acrylics on board bring Ana’s real and imaginary worlds to life. This is a child-centered complement to Jeanette Winter’s Biblioburro (2010), which focuses on Soriano.

The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and “iii-aah” adding to the fun.   (author’s note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 12, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-58246-353-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tricycle

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2011

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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