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Title:
Snowmen at night
Author:
Buehner, Caralyn.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Phyllis Fogelman Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Snowmen play games at night when no one is watching.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 65071.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 1 Quiz: 33565 Guided reading level: H.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780803725508
Format :
Book

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Summary

Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner's roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. From the highly successful team that created such winning titles as Fanny's Dream , Snowmen at Night is fabulous, frosty, and fun!


Author Notes

Caralyn Buehner grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and won state and national awards for her writing during her teenage years. After she married illustrator Mark Buehner, he encouraged her to write and they have collaborated on many children's picture books. Her works include The Escape of Marvin the Ape (1992), A Job for Wittilda (1993), It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel (1995), Fanny's Dream (1996), I Did It, I'm Sorry (1998), I Want to Say I Love You (2001), Snowmen at Night (2002), Superdog: the Heart of a Hero (2004). and Snowmen at Christmas (2005). Her writing has been honored with two Utah Children's Choice Awards, a CBC Children's Choice Award, Parent's Choice Award, an ALA Notable Book, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. What do snowmen do at night? This picture book, which glows with snow and starshine, has an answer. After they slide through the dark, into the park, where snowmothers make ice-cold cocoa, they race, have snowball fights, and sled down the hill. Finally, tuckered out, they go back to their respective houses, hats askew. The functional text has bouncy rhymes, but it's the artwork that is spectacular. Acrylic-over-oil paintings feature fat, happy snowpeople who practically jump--or sled--off the pages. What Buehner does with his colors and shadings as he captures night is particularly impressive. The purple of sunset, lit by street lamps, darkens into the black of the early morning hours; dawn breaks amethyst gold and then deepens into morning blue. As dusk moves into dawn, the snowpeople's play changes from frenzied fun into quieter pursuits; action and setting mirror one other. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Not since Frosty paraded through the village square have snowmen enjoyed such a slip-sliding good time as they do in the Buehners' (Fanny's Dream) latest flight of fancy. When a boy observes that the snowman he built the day before now looks droopy and disheveled, he imagines what happened to his snow creation during the night. Soon the boy pictures all the neighborhood snowmen gathered in the park for "ice-cold cocoa," a snowball fight, a round of making snow angels and more. Surely a full night of play and a long glide back to their homes must be the explanation. The rhythm of the rhyming text sometimes matches the rollicking spirit of the snowmen's wintry pursuits, but occasionally stumbles: "Then the snowman games begin: They line up in their places,/ each one anxious for his turn in the snowman races." The glee comes through at its most infectious in Mark Buehner's oil-and-acrylic paintings of the merrymakers, who look so delighted in their revelry that readers won't be able to help smiling in response. Bringing the brisk snap of the season to the fore, his scenes feature a natural light show, depicting an inky night sky and fluffy snow that glistens beneath moonlight and (street) lamplight, and eventually, the gradual brightening of dawn. Children will like being in on the secret here and eagle-eye readers will relish finding hidden figures in the shadows, clouds and snowdrifts. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A child wonders why a snowman looks droopy the morning after it was made and decides that snowmen must be nocturnal. The bouncy, rhyming text describes the imagined rumpus in which the snowmen have races, do tricks on skates, and bump into one another like clowns. "They gather up their snowballs, the pitcher takes his aim,/and underneath the moonlit sky they play a baseball game./No one knows just how it started,/but soon it's quite a sight-/with snowmen throwing snowballs/in the world's best snowball fight!" After a night of action, the tired snowmen return to their homes. The oil-over-acrylic paintings capture the fun of the rollicking adventures and bring these round creations to life. The illustrations convincingly depict their solid bodies in action, and the moonlit snowy setting provides a sense of mystery. The imaginative description and lively art could provide an entertaining read-aloud for bedtime sharing or winter storytimes.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.