Reviews for Snowboy 1, 2, 3

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
"One snowboy all alone. / Two children unaware. / Three ancient apple trees. / Four apples in the air." The counting proceeds to ten and descends until readers are back with the solo snowboy. This is a nice-enough frolic with a built-in counting lesson. The digitally rendered animal-filled art is crisp to a fault: it could use some warmth.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 October #1
Even the sparkles on the cover may not be enough to redeem this wintry counting book, the author's debut. The almost nonexistent story loosely follows a snowboy as he adventures across the snowy landscape, meeting and playing with friends along the way and escaping from a fox who wants to eat his new rabbit pals. Numbers connect everything as the text counts from one to 10 and back down again in both numbers and numerals. This is a rhyming book, though the rhymes cross page turns: "One snowboy all alone. // Two children unaware. // Three ancient apple trees. // Four apples in the air." This interrupts the rhythm, particularly for children who wish to linger over Wendy Wahman's digital illustrations. Sharply defined, stylized shapes and flat, though vibrant, colors mark her distinctive illustrative style, but it may not be to everyone's taste, with its flower-patterned fish, fixedly-smiling snow people and unkindness of unfriendly-looking ravens. The details that readers are likely to enjoy are often too small to see--the knitting spiders, for instance. Indeed, the tiny Photoshop illustrations will make this difficult to share with even small groups. Also, even the youngest of children may spot the gloves amid what should be the "Eight mittens in a row." Count on skipping this one in favor of a celebration of winter that has a more obvious storyline. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 October #3

Debut author Joe Wahman teams up with his wife for a winter-themed counting book that swings between charming and creepy. Decked out in stockings and a hunter's cap, a scarecrowlike snowboy sits "all alone" in the forest. "Two children unaware," soon appear, but the story follows other figures, including other snowpeople and a fox that attempts to lure nine rabbits with carrots. Wendy Wahman's digital artwork features a cheerful palette, but unintentionally unsettling details--a cluster of snowpeople's "three smiles made of stone" are downright chilling--make this an odd read. Ages 3-up. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

PreS-K--This counting book is enlivened by vibrant Adobe Photoshop illustrations. The story starts with "one snowboy all alone./Two children unaware./Three ancient apple trees./Four apples in the air." It goes up to ten carrots on a party cake and counts back down to one snowboy at the end. Each page has one sentence of rhyming text. Initially there is a lot of white space that soon turns into extremely busy multicolored pages. The quirky snowpeople and snowcat interact with the children and the animals and a number of small visual details add most of the humor. On one page, a child drops a glove, which is picked up by a raven; the raven is seen with it on a number of successive pages until the count has gone back to two, where the child retrieves it. Spiders spin snowflake-shaped webs, and bunnies frolic in the background. Some of the illustrations have an almost woodcut quality. Other aspects, particularly the backgrounds, are very flat. This is a counting book where there isn't any confusion about the number stated on that spread and the number of items to count. A serviceable seasonal addition.--B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA

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