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The Snowman Storybook

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  105 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Now in Pictureback format comes Raymond Briggs' award-winning, enchanting story of a young boy and a snowman who share a magical night of friendship, fun, and flying. "The experience is one that neither he nor young readers will ever regret or forget." (Booklist, starred review). Our new Pictureback format provides simple text written by the author. ...more
Paperback, 24 pages
Published July 8th 1997 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1990)
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Aug 13, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
I loved this book when I first read it, but I have to admit it was probably because of the illustrations. Soft and beautiful, they captured my heart, and of course it helped that winter is one of my favorite seasons. I just have a special place in my heart for snow. The overall story is somewhat sad, and so my 5 yr old's grumpy look after reading it was explained in his retelling of the ending. Not too different than the ending to Frosty the Snowman, but still, this just seemed more depressing t ...more
Brandi Goeth
Feb 08, 2016 Brandi Goeth rated it it was amazing
The Snow Man Story Book with Words by Raymond Briggs was a wordless picture book that then got words added to it. I first read the book without the words, and I saw a story being made throughout the pictures. It starts with a young boy waking up to snow outside, and asking his mom if he could go outside. Once he goes outside, he builds a snowman, and dresses him up with a hat, a scarf, button eyes and a carrot nose. It was time for him to go inside, but he couldn’t help wanting to look at the sn ...more
Meg McGregor
Jan 23, 2015 Meg McGregor rated it liked it
Shelves: holiday-reads
The video, The Snowman, is of my favorite treats, to enjoy at Christmas.

Now, your little ones, can read the book, and enjoy it as well!

The pictures, of course, steal the show; but the text makes it much easier to explain the sequence of events in the story.

A wonderful book to read during winter, or any time, you would like to build a snowman, and go on adventures!

I just wish the book had included the part where the Snowman flew to Santa's home at the North Pole. I loved the part where all the sn
Nicole Schott
Feb 08, 2016 Nicole Schott rated it really liked it
This book was originally a wordless picture book but then had words added to it. It's plot line revolves around a boy and his snowman. At night the snowman comes alive and he and the boy go on an adventure. They fly through the city and stay out until morning. But when the boy awakes the snowman has melted.

The pictures are very cute and add depth to the plot. They are easy to follow and display details accurately. Most pages are comprised of multiple images to show action without needing words.
Feb 17, 2008 Mary rated it did not like it
Shelves: storytime-books
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Dec 29, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it
The Snowman Storybook is the tale of a boy who brings a snowman to life. This is the dream of every little kid. James builds and snowman, and the next night it starts to move. He brings the snowman into the house to get some clothes, and then goes off on a flying trip with the snowman. They fly over the city at night and see many amazing things. They come back home and James goes back to bed. The next morning, his snowman is melted.
The artwork is taken from Raymond Briggs’ original version of
So I guess some people need words to wordless picture books, though in the last couple of years I have discovered the great joy (and what fun to read in storytime!) of them. Here we have words added to The Snowman picture book, and much of the book is condensed. There was no freezer picture either! And with the book being shorter, the ending is even more abrupt and upsetting. I think I'd rather go with the original and try the kids out. Plus one can always lighten the mood and sing "Once there w ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is a classic. I have always loved the original picture book (without words) and the animated film. It's a lovely story that captures your heart. I think giving words to this story brought it down a star for me, although I still loved it.
Shelby Royalty
This was a cute story about a little boy who makes a snowman who comes to life, similar to the story of Frosty. The pictures in this book were very nice. I was not a huge fan of the end, because it was sad.
Jasmine Olivia
Feb 06, 2014 Jasmine Olivia rated it liked it
I told Jasmine that this book was good until the very last page, let's give it two stars, and she said, "No! Let's give it at least 3 stars!" LOL But seriously the last page is HORRIBLE! #smh
Dec 22, 2011 Shelley rated it did not like it
This rendering of the wordless classic "The Snowman" is akin to adding color to b&w movies so more people may watch. UNFORGIVABLE! Yes, I am a purist. Adding text, shrinking the illustrations ruins the beauty, flow, and enjoyment of the magical tale. Much better to have the reader make up his or her own story as they read the original. There are many early/beginning reader books out there that can suit their purpose. Enjoy the original The snowman in all its glory instead. At least the 50 ce ...more
Mileth Discutido
Jul 27, 2015 Mileth Discutido marked it as to-read
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Jan 28, 2014 Taylor rated it really liked it
The illustration in the book are wonderful. The language in the book is simple, but allows students to let their imagination go.
Morgan Elizabeth
Dec 23, 2014 Morgan Elizabeth rated it it was ok
rather depressing...
Michel Butler
I found this book in my CT's classroom, and it is very simplistic. Although there are few words, the pictures say it all. This is a charming tale of what happens when a young boy spends the night with his snowman creation. It was very reminiscent of Frosty the Snowman, which I loved as a child. It's a great book to show how pictures can say just as much as the words on a page.
Samantha Penrose
I understand that the original version had no text...I think that I would like it better that way. The illustrations are soft and sweet and could carry the story of a young boys late night adventure with his snowman on their own.
Marianne (Mia) Emery
On a snowy day, James built a snowman. That night, the snowman came to life and he and James flew over the city looking down on the snowy scenes below.
Jun 14, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
Weird book about a boy who goes on adventures with a snowman he's built only to discover him melted the next day
Aug 30, 2010 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
probably would have liked the original better. This one was okay, but not oneI will go back to.
Oct 19, 2013 Simon rated it liked it
I love the story and think the film version is an enhancement of it.
short one line text to explain the events of the story
Oct 18, 2009 Hailey added it
Also one of my favorites as a child!
Dec 29, 2011 Mindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVE the soft illustrations!
May 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Raymond Redvers Briggs is an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist, and author who has achieved critical and popular success among adults and children. He is best known for his story "The Snowman", which is shown every Christmas on British television in cartoon form and on the stage as a musical.

His first three major works, Father Christmas, Father Christmas Goes on Holiday (both featu
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