FICTION

Snow

illus. by Sam Usher. 40p. Candlewick/Templar. Oct. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763679583.
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PreS-Gr 2—A young boy wakes up to find the world covered in pure, white snow. Frantic to go outside, he gets dressed in record time only to discover that Granddad isn't ready! Mundane adult tasks, such as showering and getting the proper clothing on, delay his longed-for departure. His panic builds as he watches the blanket of virgin snow get trampled by a single child, followed by a crowd of friends, and then a pack of dogs. Growing ever more frustrated, the poor kid actually thinks that he sees a monkey running across the snow, but that can't be, can it? After an agonizing wait, boy and Granddad head out to play and encounter not only his friends but an elephant, ostrich, and other outlandish animals culminating in a great and wacky snow day for all. Kids will easily relate to the excruciating wait for fun when grown-ups are involved. The appearance of the exotic animals playing in the snow (the result of the boy's stuffed animals coming to life) is jarring and took a second reading to grasp. Usher's gorgeous illustrations in ink and watercolor complement the story to a tee.
VERDICT An outrageous outdoor romp to add to storytimes about snow and winter fun.

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