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The Snowman

The Snowman

Book rating: 04 Board book

By (author) Raymond Briggs

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  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Format: Board book | 34 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 176mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0241141036
  • ISBN 13: 9780241141038
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 18,708

Product description

This is the classic boardbook edition of the now famous Christmas tale. James builds a snowman in the garden and wakes up in the night to find that it has come to life. He shows the Snowman his house, and in return the Snowman takes him on a magical journey.

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Raymond Briggs studied at Wimbledon School of Art, the Central School of Art and the Slade. Many of his books are now classics and some: THE SNOWMAN, FATHER CHRISTMAS, FATHER CHRISTMAS GOES ON HOLIDAY and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, have been made into highly successful films. Raymond Briggs lives in Sussex.

Customer reviews

By Diana Boswarva 07 Oct 2013 4

This is a lovely book, but it wasn't what I imagined from the description here. The book is purely a story told via illustrations. There is no text in this book. I purchased it for my 26 month old daughter, but I think it is currently too old for her.

Editorial reviews

A little boy's winter dream, which could be anyone's - and might inspire many. In a sequence of wordless frames, sometimes as many as twelve to a page but opening up at one point to two expansive double-page spreads, a little boy spends a day making a showman - and a night, while his parents sleep, palling around with it. First the snowman comes inside the house, investigating light switches, kitchen faucets, the paper towel rack, Dad's closet, and other such everyday wonders; then he whooshes the child up and off, through a lovely haze of blown snow, past exotic skylines, and home again. The sequence starts irresistibly with a soft fall of flakes that look just right for packing or licking; Briggs gives the outsider's indoor adventure a warm, misty look and lots of quiet visual humor; and the later spin through the white night has a dreamlike quality that gives a proper shape to the whole - and something to remember next day when the snowman loses his. (Kirkus Reviews)

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The Alphabet Book by P. D. EastmanDr. Seuss's ABC by Dr. SeussThe Foot Book by Dr. SeussGo, Dog. Go! by P. D. EastmanHand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al PerkinsHe Bear, She Bear by Stan & Jan BerenstainI'll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words by Michael FrithInside, Outside, Upside Down by Stan & Jan BerenstainMr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. SeussOld Hat, New Hat by Stan & Jan BerenstainThe Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. SeussThe Snowman by Raymond BriggsStop, Train, Stop! by the Rev. W. AwdryThere's a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss

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A young boy and his wintertime friend share a magical night of friendship, fun, and flying in this award-winning, wordless story.