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The Snowman by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Illus. in full color. A wordless story. The pictures have "the hazy softness of air in snow. A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young 'readers' will ever regret or forget."--(starred) Booklist. Review
Who needs words to tell a story? In Raymond Briggs's charming tale, told with 175 softly hued, artfully composed frames, a little boy makes friends with a snowman. He wakes up on a snowy day, tells his mother he's going outside, then begins a flurry of snowman-building. That night, he can't sleep, so he opens the front door and lo! the snowman has come to life. The amiable yet frosty fellow enjoys his tour of the boy's cozy home; he admires the cat, but is disturbed by the fire. The boy shows him other wonders--the TV and a lamp and running water. Predictably perhaps, he is disturbed by the stove, but likes ice cubes quite a bit. Soon it is the snowman's turn to introduce the boy to his wintry world. They join hands, rise up into the blizzardy air--presumably over Russia and into the Middle East--and then safely back to home sweet home. The boy pops into bed before his parents get up... but when he wakes up the next morning he races outside only to find his new buddy's melted remains, scattered with a few forlorn lumps of coal. Since the book is wordless, you can make up any ending you want... like "Then, in a puff of pink smoke, the snowman recomposed himself and went to live in the boy's garage freezer." Or you could just resign yourself to a peaceful "And that was that." Raymond Briggs's The Snowman won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and this wintertime classic continues to win the hearts of kids every year. (Preschool and older) --Karin Snelson

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  • Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas at the Lyric Hammersmith | Theatre review

    12/01/15 ,via The Upcoming

    Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas returns to the Lyric Hammersmith for its fourth year to deliver another classic must-see production this Christmas. It is a perfect show for families with young children looking for a dynamic introduction to theatre

  • Fungus the Bogeyman – first look at the new version of Raymond Briggs's classic

    11/10/15 ,via The Guardian (blog)

    Fancy a snotty Christmas? Timothy Spall and Victoria Wood are starring in Sky1's new three-part version of Raymond Briggs's story Fungus the Bogeyman, about a slimy creature who lives underground and spends his days scaring humans. Spall is playing 


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  • The Snowman

    Penguin UK. 2010. ISBN: 9780141338477,0141338474. 32 pages.

    This eBook is best viewed on a device with a colour screen. One wonderful night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. In this fabulous new eBook, the perennial favourite is now available digitally in a true piece of Christmas magic.

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  • Patrick Freyne: Remember when the nuclear apocalypse was actually a thing?

    12/03/15 ,via The Irish Times

    As far as I know. Lest, as a child of the 1980s, you remained unterrified by these programmes, Jimmy Murakami adapted Raymond Briggs’s graphic novel When the Wind Blows in 1986. In the same aesthetic style as The Snowman, it follows an elderly couple ...

  • Charlie Brown v Blue Peter: holiday TV specials in the US and UK face off

    11/30/15 ,via The Guardian

    Hannah Verdier: If we did have an animated Christmas special to rival yours, it would be The Snowman, Raymond Briggs’ tale of a small boy with a melty friend. Spoiler alert: there’s no happy ending. Every year, we hear a sweet-voiced choirboy singing ...

  • Still Open All Hours: Sir David Jason is top of the shops

    11/29/15 ,via Daily Star

    TIMOTHY Spall is the star of a new version of Raymond Briggs’ classic tale. He will be joined by Victoria Wood for this three-part adaptation going out over the festive period. Producers have also signed up Keeley Hawes, Marc Warren, Paul Kaye and Andy ...


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