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Martin MacGregor's snowman
Cook, Lisa Broadie.
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Publication Information:
New York : Walker & Co., [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
While anxiously awaiting the arrival of snow, Martin MacGregor, who built the biggest snowman in the neighborhood last year, tries to build one with substitute materials.
Reading Level:
660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 75636.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 1 Quiz: 36499 Guided reading level: L.
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How can a snowman fanatic build a snowman if there's NO snow?

Martin MacGregor lives for building snowmen. All year long he sits and he waits and he dreams of deep snowdrifts and blinding blizzards. So what's poor Martin to do when winter comes and there's no snow?

Martin finds it hard to be patient, but he develops all sorts of alternate plans for building his snowmen. Unfortunately, his creative genius backfires every time, and he may still be grounded by the time next winter comes around!

Author Notes

Lisa Broadie Cook is a kindergarten teacher in Boone, Iowa, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Adam McCauley is the author and illustrator of My Friend Chicken . He recently replaced Lane Smith as illustrator for the Time Warp Trio series, with See You Later, Gladiator , written by Jon Scieszka. Adam and Dan first met while attending the Parsons School of Design. He lives in San Francisco, California, where he works as a freelance illustrator.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Snow-loving kids everywhere will relate to Martin's dilemma: he wants to build a snowman, but there's no snow. Throughout the long, snowless winter he looks for ways to relieve his snowman-making itch. He pours flour over his syrupy baby sister, glues cotton balls on the family dog, and shocks the ladies from his mom's book club by coming downstairs covered in nothing but frothy, white bubble-bath foam. He's just about ready to give up, when he awakens, on April Fool's Day, to a winter wonderland: School was canceled for three whole days, and Martin made a snowman, a snow lady, a snow boy . . . First-time author Cook narrates Martin's antics with a sly wit and offbeat humor that is nicely matched by McCauley's wacky cartoon illustrations on heavy watercolor paper. Martin's expressive face, with eyebrows that seem to have a life of their own, reveals his despair, his creative bursts, and ultimately, his sheer joy. A clever, funny debut. --Lauren Peterson Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

One warm winter, Martin MacGregor obsessively waits for snow. If he sees three marshmallows in his hot chocolate, he can't resist arranging them in a snowman shape. As he grows impatient, he glues cotton balls to the family pet ("Presenting... Sadie the snow dog!") and parades before his mother's book club covered in bubble-bath foam: " `Look, everybody, a snowman!' he announced.... The bubbles began to slide downward at an alarmingly quick pace." Cook's children's debut humorously conveys the intensity of longing for something elusive; she styles Martin as a suffering artist who (until the last moment) works in everything but his desired medium. When his art teacher tells him he has "captured the true essence of a snowman" in a painting, he cries in frustration, "The essence of a snowman is snow!" and tears the paper into white flakes ("Martin MacGregor waited for snow in the principal's office"). McCauley (The Lima Bean Monster) emphasizes Martin's enduring hopes by picturing him in a knit cap and puffy white ski jacket, no matter how sunny the weather. In tempestuous watercolors, which feature sinuous curves, explosive diagonals and dark, choppy outlines reminiscent of linocuts, Martin always has a calculating, not to say maniacal, gleam in his eyes. Thanks to an early spring blizzard, he finally channels his pent-up energy into snowman-building. Cook and McCauley invent a single-minded, sympathetic hero with determination to spare. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Martin dreams of building a snowman, but the weather refuses to cooperate. As the winter months pass with hardly a flake, he tries to use available resources to fulfill his creative needs. He dumps a bag of flour over his syrup-sticky sister to make a snow baby, and glues cotton balls to his pet to fashion a snow dog. Then he turns himself into a snow boy during a bubble bath; he just manages to greet his mother's book club before his foam covering unexpectedly slips away to reveal "Martin in his nothingness." After this series of misguided ideas, an April blizzard finally closes school and provides him with the opportunity to build to his heart's content. In May, a bathing-suit-clad Martin stares out at the rain, daydreaming about swimming and sand castles. Repeated plot elements and refrains give the story an evenly measured pace, allowing the humor to build with each passing month. McCauley's crisp mixed-media illustrations are irresistible. From the tartan endpapers (a pattern repeated on Martin's wool hat) to the breed of his dog (a Scottish terrier) to the snowflake patterns that are subtly incorporated into the scenery, amusing details reflect and extend the story. With irregularly shaped heads and elongated necks, the characters have a stylized appearance, and Martin's perfectly round eyes are punctuated by thick eyebrows that change their angle according to his mood. A fun choice for snow dreamers.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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