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The Snowman

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  10,955 ratings  ·  315 reviews
Illustrated in full color, this is 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 boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 12th 1978 by Random House
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Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On

This is not a review. How can one review a book like The Snowman, a story without words? It has to be experienced, that’s all, experienced through the eyes of a child. What follows is my own experience, my appreciation of a story that gave me so much pleasure over so many years.

There are stories and experiences from childhood that we all recall with some fondness. Even if we do not bring them to mind they are in our hearts, a warm glow that never dies. It is the
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Petra X
This was a beautiful, gentle story that translated into a magnificent cartoon with music but without words that airs on tv every Christmas in the UK. This book was a real sea change for Briggs whose previous cartoon books include a doleful biography of his parents to their death, nuclear war and creatures that love boogers - much more dark humour than this magical tale of the snowman.
Jim Erekson
I always really liked this book (so I should have voted 4 stars), but this past winter my 13-year-old son Alma (Down Syndrome, autism) fell in love with it. He reads it daily, and wants me to read it with him sometimes. He loves that we can pull out the video or turn the soundtrack on on Spotify. When I watch him, he adores the pages drawn comic-style, with 16 boxes of sequential art per page. But then the next day he'll be poring over one of the wide spreads with just one drawing! So now I love ...more
Miguel
Vou contar-vos um segredo... Aquilo que aqui leem deve ficar aquartelado na vossa mente e não sair necessariamente de lá. Para evitar máculas na minha reputação, é aconselhável que esta história não se dissemine. Se não quiser acatar estas cláusulas, feche esta janela e continue a atravessar as remanescentes e incontáveis opiniões do GoodReads. (garanto que não perde grande coisa)

Hoje entrei numa livraria para praticar um pouco de masoquismo: carteira esvaída, alma sequiosa. Estas contorções e p
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Gundula
Dec 13, 2014 Gundula rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children who like snowman stories
I know that Raymond Brigg's The Snowman is considered a modern classic (and probably one of the first really universally popular wordless picture books). And while I find the story mildly amusing, both the picture sequences and the story line itself have never wowed me.

To me, the illustrations seem rather vague and washed-out (lacking both expression and boldness of style), and the story sequence itself, while fun and imaginative, has always seemed a bit too outrageous and unbelievable for my p
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Kirk
I used to read this book to my son, who recently turned 21. I came across a copy recently and was reminded of just how devastatingly beautiful the story is. I'm no artist, but it looks like it was done in colored pencil, which gives the snow and sky a surreal, dreamy texture. The real innovation is the wordlessness. I remember how my son and I used to just look at the pictures without talking, like we intuitively (telepathically maybe?) understood the story. He was a big fan of the video, too, e ...more
Belf
I found this very hard to read, because all the way through, I KNEW.

Jamie
Cute pictures. No words at all. The pictures tell the story of a nighttime adventure of a snowman and a boy. I liked the contradiction pictures of what happens with hot vs cold objects but the story itself is found to be boring quickly, even for the kids I 'read' this with. Play some of the things they do in the picture are things kids should not do without a mature adult and I do not feel a curious, naive, uneducated snowman counts. Still the storybook pictures aren't bad for a quick run-throug ...more
Ronyell
“The Snowman” is a cute story from the mind of Raymond Briggs and has been the most memorable classic book to ever grace upon the world of children’s books. This book is about how a young boy starts building a snowman and realizes that the snowman is magical and the true friendship he finds in the snowman. “The Snowman” is a true classic that everyone will love for many years!

Raymond Briggs’ story about a boy and his snowman is told through his beautiful illustrations as this is one of the few b
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Lisa
A boy builds a snowman that comes to life. The story is told completely in pictures so the readers must use their imaginations to follow the adventures.

I love doing artwork with children and I think these pictures would be a perfect springboard to making winter pictures. I love this one especially:
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I would ask my child or grandchild, "What can we use to make a snowy day on paper like this? Maybe draw the picture and find a way to fling some snow on the paper?"

Try reading this book with your chil
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Kathryn
I was very curious to finally read Raymond Brigg's The Snowman as I know it's something of a classic, and the cover looks familiar so it's possible I was read this story as a child, though I did not remember it. I have never seen the film, though I have heard the song "Walking in the Air" (and never knew that's where it came from!)

So, I really enjoyed the story, overall. I love the sense of joy and wonder that glows from the page, first with the boy's creativity in building his snowman and then
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Heidi
This is a kind of child's dreaming that I can enjoy. A snowman coming to life and learning a little about human life. I like his fascination with light. And I loved the humor of anything related to cold (like getting into the deep freezer!).

Being a wordless book (not good for storytimes!!!) and with the illustrations having a bit of a fuzzy crayon look to them, I may have misread some of the pictures. Was the snowman laughing at the boy's picture and the boy was upset? Why does the boy look mad
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Libby
The story of "The Snowman" is a wordless picture book, and also one of my favorites. When I was little I used to watch the video every year at Christmas over and over. It has no words in it, just like the book, but is filled with Music perfect for the audience. This book tells the story of a young boy spending a snowy day outside in his yard building a giant snowman. Later that night, when hes supposed to be sleeping he looks outside to see that his snowman was come to life. As him and the snow ...more
Donna Gofur
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Chris
Jan 08, 2008 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Chris by: a friend
This is one of the most beautiful, touching books on friendship I have ever read (though it is wordless) about the magical nature of the birth of true friendship. The basic message is that to have a friend you have to first be one and you each have something special to learn from each other.
The Snowman pure magic and imagination, grounded in what makes us human.
Manny
One of the great love stories. David spends a magical night with the Snowman; the next morning, he has melted. He'd think it was a dream, except that he still has the scarf in his pocket.

No words, they'd only complicate things.
Amy Flink
This is a cute, sweet, beautiful tearjerker from my childhood. I didn't recognize this story when I got it for my nephew but I later realized it was based on a holiday cartoon special I had seen as a child on PBS (But I didn't think I cared for it as a child because of the unsatisfying ending...talk about a CLIFF-HANGER; it totally left me at a loss!). Today, however, it has grown on me and I think it is one of my favorite childrens' books of alltime! I seem to remember PBS introducing it as "Fr ...more
Kirsty Rice
This is a lovely Christmas story about a boy who builds a snowman and has wonderful adventures with him. The lack of words really makes the child think. They can involve themselves in the story, imagining the conversations the could be having and how they might be feeling.
This book is great for all ages, though I would keep it in EYFS and KS1 classrooms. It’s a good tool for introducing children to the idea of death. There has been a lot of research into how children deal with loss in their life
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Sehrish
I really love all the 'snowman' books I remember them from when I was a child and also remember watching the animation on TV at Christmas time. This book will be unforgettable for every child because everyone can relate to it. There are no words in this picture book but the illustrations show us the adventure of a little boy and his snowman allowing children to narrate the story. A little boy builds a snowman and later that day the snowman comes to life. The snowman comes to the boys house and e ...more
Katie Agras
Raymond Briggs does a phenomenal job illustrating this wordless book. Every illustration captures the story perfectly. A boy wakes up and goes outside to build a snowman. The next night, he wakes to find the snowman had to come to life! The boy brings the snowman inside to his the house where he explores. After they have dinner, the snowman takes the boy back outside where the snowman grabs the boy and starts to fly away with him. As they see the sun start to rise, they fly back to the boys hous ...more
Bistra Ivanova
Безкрайно красива и нежна детска книжка без думи, издадена през 1978, разказваща за вълшебната нощ, която едно момче и направеният от него снежен човек преживяват...

Етикетът "детска класика" Снежният човек получава през 1982, когато излиза 30-минутно филмче по книгата, пожънало небивал успех, получило номинация за Оскар и т.н., само дето в него място намират някои елементи, които липсват в оригинала - цялата коледна боза, включваща коледно дърво, посещение при Дядо Коледа, звънчета, елени, пода
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Liz Hammet
"The Snowman" by Raymond Briggs is a beautifully illustrated and creatively expressed story that I used to love as a small child. As I was reading it again at an older age I could still recognize the magic of the snowman that I once felt when I was a small child. The child in the story creates a snowman on a snowy day and the snowman comes to life all at once. The child takes care of the snowman and does activities with the snowman. The images are the way that the story is told, not through word ...more
Dolly
Dec 30, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
A wonderful book of fantasy, dreams, and friendship. As it is a wordless book, our girls and I took turns narrating the scenes of the book, weaving a tale of our own while being enchanted by the softly illustrated pages.

This book was featured as one of the selections for the December 2014 Snowmen-themed reads for the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Carlye
Summary
Basically there is a young boy that wakes up and sees that it has snowed outside. He asks his mother if he can go outside and play. He starts making a snowman and then throughout the day takes breaks and goes inside to warm up and such. But, at night he wakes up to check on the snowman and to his surprise he makes a new friend.

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In Chapter 5 it talked about how there are more frequent books that made without words. The problem or hard part is that there needs to be a good storytel
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Christina
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In the story of "the Snowman" by Raymond Briggs, a little boy decides to build a snowman. After he does, the snowman comes to life and brings the little boy, James on an adventure. The story is a classically illustrated picture book and it tells a good story.

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This book reminds me of the story of "Frosty The Snowman." Almost like it is another version of that. I do like it because it is relatable to a childs imagination. I thought that the illustrations were beautiful. They are similar to
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Hannah Julsrud
The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs, shares the journey of a little boy and his new snowman friend, and their adventures throughout one wild night together. When he wakes up one morning ready to play, he creates a snowman and dresses him in all sorts of clothing, including a matching scarf and hat, and a big smile. That night, the little boy goes to bed sad that he had to say goodnight to his snowman, but when he wakes up in the middle of the night he discovers a big surprise. His snowman had come to ...more
Meghan Klyczek
"The Snowman" By Raymond Briggs is one of the best and easiest wordless books I have come across in a very long time. It was fast paced, but it made sense to be fast paced. During this book, a boy wakes up and goes outside to create a snowman. That night, he wakes up, and the snowman is alive and well. Throughout the book, the boy and snowman are exploring the different parts of the house that are not too bright and not too hot. For example, the snowman absolutely enjoyed eating ice cubes and si ...more
Christy
Sep 15, 2014 Christy added it
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This wordless picture book shows a little boy going out on a winter, snowy day and making a snowman. He gets different items to make his eyes, nose and buttons. He gives his friend a scarf and hat. Even after going inside he checks and checks on his friend that he has made and his snowy friend is alive! The little boy takes the snowman through the house and shows him around and even shows off his sleeping parents. The silly snowman plays dress up while the parents sleep away. They play and do di ...more
Shazida Begum
This is a picture book depicting the story of a little boy and his relationship with a much-loved snowman. One morning, the little boy, to his delight discovers that it has snowed. Through the illustrations we witness as he takes particular care to create his snowman. That night, to his utter amazement the snowman comes to life. The two then proceed to go on an enthralling adventure. The next morning, he is dismayed to find that his snowman has melted.

Although this book may lack words it more t
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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.

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