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Snowmen at Night (snowmen)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  14,830 Ratings  ·  395 Reviews
Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 23rd 2002 by Dial Books
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Dec 18, 2014 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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It's a snow day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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See. True story. That's my backyard.

Like every other snow day, I was woken up this morning AN ENTIRE F-ING HOUR EARLIER than our regular school-day "get up time" by a couple of screaming banshees. The youngest bounded out of his room hollering his plans to build an epic snowman . . . which reminded me of this little story.

"One wintery day I made a
Oct 20, 2010 N_katieg52 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Did you like making a snowman as a kid? I know I did! Children put a lot of time into making snowmen and go back for days to check out their masterpiece. In this delightful winter story, the little boy noticed that his snowman looked different the next day. Because of this, he started to wonder what snowmen do at night. He imagines the exciting life that happens when snowmen get together such as enjoying hot chocolate, racing, ice skating, play baseball, a huge snowball fight, and many more exci ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Amelia rated it it was ok
Shelves: winter, snowmen
Simple but bouncy rhymes detail the overnight exploits of snowmen when everyone is asleep, readers learn they sled, skate, drink cold cocoa, and participate in snowball fights among other things. The pictures are almost three-dimensional in places, where you expect the snowball to leap off the page. Upon reading the copyright page, the illustrator alerts readers they can find a cat, rabbit, Santa face, and a T-Rex in “all these wintertime scenes” but they are thoroughly hidden. I had massive dif ...more
Ashley Thompson
Sep 03, 2015 Ashley Thompson rated it it was ok
The premise is cute, writing is good (subjective, I know) and the illustrations are lovely. However, I found the book to be a little sexist, what with the snow"men" looking primarily like men (as we would attribute it in the U.S. anyway), that I could tell in most of the images--I suppose snow"women" could dress similar to what a "snowman" looks like. That's a hard one, since I know they also aren't actual humans but, they are at least somewhat representative of humans. But then there was the pa ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Tatiana rated it liked it
Have you ever wondered what snowmen do at night? Well, they have a lot of fun sledding, playing baseball with snowballs, and much more.

I love how the text moves on the page and interacts with the illustrations. I think any story like this captures students' imaginations. They might be looking at the snowman in their front yard a little closer now....
Sep 10, 2016 Caroline rated it really liked it
-Type of book & Literary Genre: Fiction & fantasy
-Awards: none
-Summary: This short and sweet, adorable story guides the reader through the story of what snowmen do at night. After a little boy makes a snowman one day and revisits his friend the next day, he noticed that the snowman had changed through the night. His imagination goes through what the snowman might have done with his snowmen friends. This includes sliding down hills, drinking hot cocoa, ice skating, playing baseball, and h
McCall Donnelly
Mar 27, 2015 McCall Donnelly rated it it was amazing
Snowmen at Night is about a young boy who wakes up one morning and realizes his snowman that he built the day before is just not the same. He begins to wonder what might have happened that night that caused his snowman to change. He thinks of all the crazy things that snowman must do at night. Like sledding down the hills, skating on the ice, and having huge snowball fights.

The text in this book is written in rhymes which made it all the more fun to read. To a child, this book is exciting and f
Sashel Palacios
Nov 04, 2014 Sashel Palacios rated it really liked it
Snowmen at Night is written by Mark Buehner and illustrated by Caralyn Buehner is such a cute Christmas book that really makes me excited for the holidays! This story talks about how a little boy makes a snow man on a cold winter day. The next day when he went to check on his snowman, he looked really different. This is when Buehner, shows how wild children’s imagination is. For example, the little boy imagines the snowman meeting up for cups of ice-cold cocoa, compete in snowman races, go icesk ...more
Dec 08, 2015 Autumn rated it it was amazing

K and I really enjoyed this book. What do snowmen do at night after we build them during the day because they have to be bored standing there all day. Well in this wonderful story we see that snowmen like to have fun as well. They drink ice cold hot coco, play games, race down hills in sleds pretty much have a wonderful fun filled night.
The book is very easy to read and I think children of all ages will enjoy this.
The pictures go great with the story you
Brittney Daniel
Jul 15, 2014 Brittney Daniel rated it it was amazing
A great book to read during winter theme months especially for children who don't experience snow this is a great time for children to make fake snow and make their own snowman as well as practice small medium and large.
Monica Kemp
Jan 30, 2016 Monica Kemp rated it really liked it
Summary: A little boy’s imagination lets him go wild considering what activities snowmen do at night. His imagination does this because his snowmen seem to look a little crooked when he wakes up each morning. The activities range from sporting events to potlucks and family activities.

Theme: The theme of imagination in this story opens the door to creative writing and letting the mind wander.

Personal Response: This is a very calming book. It can be used as a relaxing story in class or a peacefu
Jonathan Jordan
Mar 01, 2015 Jonathan Jordan rated it really liked it
Snowmen at Night is a book that brings snowmen to life and shows the hobbies, activities, plus the many other things snowmen do. A young boy notices his snowman is a little off from the day before and the story switches to the viewpoint of the snowmen. It shows the snowmen having a joyous night until the sun is starting to come up and they have to get to sleep. Following that day the boy sees his snowman is a little more droopy after their long night out. This book illustrations worked to magic ...more
Apr 24, 2016 McKenzie rated it really liked it
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner is about what snowmen do after everyone goes to bed for the night! This is such a cute story because sometimes when you go to bed and look at your snowman in the morning it does look different do to it melting a little or maybe another big snowfall came and pushed your snowman's arms down. All great explanations for why they look different but I like this books version much better. These snowmen like to go our on the town and play games and go visit other snow ...more
Anna Summers
Snowmen at Night is an imaginative, fun story of what snowmen do during the night. Some of the activities that the snowmen engage in are ice skating, sledding, drinking hot cocoa, and having “snow” much fun! These night activities are why the snowmen look partly melted and disheveled in the morning. I like this book because its plot is creative and unlike other books that I have read. It is cleverly written and the illustrations add to the magical storyline. The rhyming text makes the book fun t ...more
Rienne Taylor
Dec 09, 2014 Rienne Taylor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307
I loved reading this book especially so close to christmas time where snow and snowmen are so relevant. This book tells the tale of what snowmen really do after you have built them and have gone inside. After the boy had built the snowman the next day he noticed that the snowman looked slightly different. This sparks the question to the boy, what do snowman do at night? He imagines everything the snowman could possibly do in secret. Things like snowball fights, ice skating, and drinking hot choc ...more
Samantha Mckay
Dec 08, 2014 Samantha Mckay rated it it was amazing
Snowmen at Night is one of my absolute favorite Christmas stories of all time. It is a book I read year round and it always brings joy to my life. It is ultimately about what snowmen do at night while we are sleeping. Sometimes when we see the snowmen the next day theirs smiles look different or their nose’s might be falling down. It leaves us to think about what they do when no one is looking. This is a book that uses the imagination and is for people that love the winter season. My favorite pa ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books, christmas
After reading the Mark Kimball Moulton books, this book just didn't hold a candle next to it. The rhyming is this book was more childish. The story itself was kind of cute - a child imagines what snowmen must do at night while everyone is sleeping. There was a lot to look at on each pages. It would be a good interactive book to read with your child. I asked Brooklyn how many snowmen there were, and each snowman was different and doing different things. You could have them look for the snowman wi ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Dewey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: st-winter, st-snow
What do snowmen do during the night that makes them look so different the next day? This book is really cute...imagine all the things your snowman does with the other snowmen after all the kids who made them have gone to bed.
Kenzie Cornelison
Dec 02, 2014 Kenzie Cornelison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
I really thought this was a cute book. It would be a great book for the holidays and to read to your class. I thought that it would be fun because I'm sure kids don't always think of their snowman melting, other weather, or kids effecting their snowman. And this is such a cute way to look at it. To think that your snowman is off playing all night with his friends. I would love to have this book in my home or classroom for the holidays. I think for your students it would be fun to have an art pro ...more
Sarah VanDyke
Jan 27, 2014 Sarah VanDyke rated it really liked it
I love this book. It is one of my favorites. Many winter theme books interest me because I love winter and the illustrations are usually very detailed and pretty. This book has it all for me. It has adventure and beautiful pictures. They appropriately demonstrate the text and also have hidden pictures to seek and find so children are engaged in more than one way. I would recommend this book for anyone. I would use this book in my classroom during a winter theme. I would use it in a group as well ...more
Robert J
Apr 29, 2015 Robert J rated it really liked it
Just a charming book. Told in rhyme we get to find out what snowmen do when no one is watching. Children will love the story but the pictures steal the show. Using oil paints over acrylics Mark Buehner creates the most memorable snowmen since Frosty. On the front cover they look like they are dancing in a conga line. He uses light and shadow to make the pictures look like night time scenes. He also hides a cat, rabbit, Santa face and a T-Rex within the pictures and challenges the children to fin ...more
Jan 30, 2016 June rated it really liked it
Shelves: little-guy
A little boy sees the snowman he built looked a bit "off" the next morning, and wonders what the snowman was doing all night. It turns out the snowmen around the neighborhood gathered together and had a lot of fun, like snowball fights, playing baseball etc. This is such a cute way to look at a sad part of making a snowman. Instead of feeling bad about it melting, children can imagine all kinds of activities the snowmen did and that is why they look a little different the next morning. When it w ...more
Susan Tuttle
Mar 25, 2015 Susan Tuttle rated it it was amazing
This book brings a childhood past time to life. After spending hours building a snowman, it does have its own character and it is sad to leave him outside in the cold. This book does a great job of extending the magic beyond the backyard and into the imagination.
The pictures really capture the cold life of a snowman in a playful way. There are also hidden pictures on every spread of pages. Snowmen at Night combines imagination, a fun story, and interactive play to create a very engaging and fun
Nov 02, 2015 Jaie rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2015, childrens
It's a fun idea and the kids are enchanted by snow and building snow people so it's often requested. BUT, it's so gendered it makes me angry. The snowMEN get to have a great time all night playing with their friends. The only time snowWOMEN are mentioned are as the ones who make hot chocolate for them to drink. Frustrating! I now read this book as snowPEOPLE or I just mix it up page to page.

And don't tell me "snowmen" really is an inclusive word that means snow people of all genders! I'm not bu
Eva Leger
Nov 23, 2011 Eva Leger rated it really liked it
Shelves: julias-books
A strange pick for for August I know but it was fun to read a book about snowmen when it was 95 degrees yesterday. :)
We took this out from the library last week with a ton of others and finally got to it yesterday. This is the type of childrens book that both Julia and I really enjoy. We both love rhyming verses spun around a fun subject and what's more fun than snowmen?
In Snowmen at Night a little boy notices one morning that his snowman looks different than the night before and he starts won
Sep 28, 2012 Sierra rated it it was amazing
Out of all the Goodreads posts and children's picture books that I have read this one I would say is at the top of my favorite list! It's absolutely adorable! Every child always enjoys building a snowman, putting carrots as it's nose, and other accessories to give him a mouth and eyes but no one really thinks about what snowmen do at night! The main idea/premise of the story is a fun way of explaining why in the morning snowmen often look a little droopy - and it has nothing to do with higher te ...more
Sep 28, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
My mom recommended this book to me about a week ago and told me that it is a favorite among the students at her school. So I decided to give it a try and found that it is a fantastic book that is both well written and illustrated. The cover of the book is very beautiful and creative. I absolutely love the illustrations throughout the entire book. This book is cute and creative while still capturing the beauty of winter which I think can sometimes be a challenge in books. Furthermore, the idea be ...more
Destiny Thompson
The questions is, what do snowman really do at night? Each page displays some silly thing that snowmen apparently do, while the world is fast asleep. Each page has fun, and colorful pop ups, and also includes the tabs you can pull. My three-year-iold son loves this book. Every-night when i tell him to pick out a story, "mama, snowman book, pleaseeee." Despite the fact when have read this story countless times, it never gets old to him. Fun book!
Mar 03, 2014 Andressa rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I always wondered why my snowman never looked the same the next morning! This book explains it all, telling the secrets of snowmen who slip from their yards after the world goes to sleep and gather together to play games and have fun. In a colorfully illustrated world, snowmen play all night, slipping and sledding and racing, and return to their yards melted by morning. This book was so delightful and informative, an enjoyable read.
Erin Lynn
Jan 14, 2014 Erin Lynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Okay, so today, I job shadowed for an upcoming sub assignment with English language learners. This is one of the books that we read to one of the first grade students.

Yes, it is winter. Yes, it is cold. I haven't built a snowman since the day a friend and I built one outside of our junior high one night in seventh grade. My English teacher wondered how it got there. That memory is what I thought of when reading this book.

So... what do snowmen do at night? Read it and find out. The text and the i
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