Friday, December 21, 2007

Snowmen at Night

This year we got a new Christmas book for Blaine--Snowmen at Night by Caralyn and Mark Buehner. The Buehners hail from Salt Lake City and if their name sounds familiar, you have likely read their gem, Fanny's Dream. They have several other wonderful titles as well. I absolutely love the Buehners.

Snowmen at Night is fabulous for so many reasons. First of all, the story is brilliant. It is about a boy who notices that when he makes his snowman, he looks just fine--standing tall, smiling, hat on straight, etc. But the next morning he is drooping just a tad and looks quite dishevelled. The boy concludes that the snowman must go out at night and run around town with all the other snowmen. And so, in clever verse, Caralyn Buehner takes us through those nightly snowmen activities--sledding, throwing snowballs, playing baseball (using snowballs, of course), skating on the pond, and so on. It is hysterical and so imaginative--your child will never look at snowmen the same way again! And, as always, Mark Buehner's pictures are bold and colorful and clever as can be. In this one he even has hidden shapes in every scene for your child to hunt for.

This book is wonderful for all ages. Blaine loves it for its pictures, and your 8 or 9 year-old will still love it for its cleverness. Read it with your family this Christmas!

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