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The Snowman

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  13,186 Ratings  ·  393 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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Mar 08, 2009 Matthieu rated it it was amazing
Childhood anemones.
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
Apr 02, 2016 kian rated it it was amazing
خب... چند دقيقه بيشتر طول نكشيد كه خوندمش.... يعني كتاب مصور بود و با چشم، خوندمش...... ولي اثر لذت بخش و خوبي داشت كه برام مي مونه...... عاشق كتاباي فانتزي و تخيلي و كتابهاي كودكانم...... يك جور خيلي عجيب و غريبي كه براي خودم هم سواله چرا و اين همه علاقه به اين حيطه از كجا اومده.؟
Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children
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
May 05, 2016 Jim Erekson rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star
It's difficult to review a book of which there are no words, and instead the story is told through a series of beautiful illustrations. I remember being captured by the magical world of The Snowman, and equally impressed by the tv adaption. For younger children, the tv version is perhaps more suited until they are old enough to appreciate the beauty of the wordless story.
Sep 06, 2016 Manybooks rated it liked it
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
Jan 24, 2008 Kirk rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Miguel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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In the last few days I have been trying to get into the christmas festival mood because so far it doesn't feel like the christmas season. We have had terrorist attacks weeks ago, politicians who seem to approve the destruction of our government, and the nonsense that is surrounding our environment in this day and age. I am on major social media yet at the same time I am barely on it merely just to keep tabs on what is going on in t
Jan 29, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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 ...more
Jan 21, 2009 Manny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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.
Dec 02, 2014 Belf rated it it was amazing
I found this very hard to read, because all the way through, I KNEW.

Apr 08, 2010 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
“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
Dec 05, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 18, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
Donna Gofur
Sep 09, 2012 Donna Gofur rated it really liked it
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Sep 26, 2011 Libby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wordless
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 ...more
I got this out at work as I'm always looking for books that will help the kids I work with...It doesn't have any text but it tells the story of a boy and a snowman...It basically shows the adventure they go on together from the boy building the snowman til the end where the snowman melts (this is no spoiler as it's expected of a I've been using this book to help a child I work with...All to do with prediction and so far have had success too!!
Jan 08, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
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.
A charming wordless story, although somewhat sad. I was a bit concerned over how my son would take to the ending, so we kind of quickly brushed over it and moved on to the next thing. I remember seeing the animated version of the book, and I had pleasant memories from it.
Oct 24, 2015 Gazelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the loveliest, most perfect children's books illustration that I got to see on my whole entire life.
Amy Flink
Jun 26, 2011 Amy Flink rated it it was amazing
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 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 ...more
Laura Watson
Nov 12, 2015 Laura Watson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
This book is wordless and is about a boy who makes a snowman. When the nighttime comes the snowman comes alive and him and the boy have a lot of adventures. First their adventures are in the boy's world inside the house where they play, eat food and do other silly things. Then the snowman takes the boy outside into his world where they go flying in the sky. The fly over the city and onto a pier where they enjoy a view. Then the snowman takes the boy back to his home. They hug and say goodbye. ...more
Kirsty Rice
Oct 13, 2013 Kirsty Rice rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Bistra Ivanova
Aug 14, 2011 Bistra Ivanova rated it it was amazing
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
Katie Agras
Sep 25, 2011 Katie Agras rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Liz Hammet
Sep 11, 2012 Liz Hammet rated it it was amazing
"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 ...more
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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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