Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Snowman by Jacques Duquennoy

This almost wordless, comic-style, oversized picturebook is a magical tale of a snowman with dreams. Just like the superheroes he reads about in his comics, he dreams of flying....and finally his dream comes true on Christmas Eve.

But this is more than a wish-fulfillment/Christmas story. Each panel is an exquisite gem of art, with sly humor and perfect timing. Again and again, Duquennoy turns human habits upside down or gently pokes fun at things familiar to all of us - having a bad day, or even just tidying up in the morning.

The artwork is too detailed and lengthy for storytime, but perfect for hours of perusing on your own!

Verdict: I love this book, but it's out of print. Sigh. Worth looking for used!

ISBN: 978-1551923536; Published June 2000 by Raincoast; Borrowed from the library; Added to my personal wishlist

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