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Snowmen at Night (snowmen)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  12,666 ratings  ·  356 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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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
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
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....
McCall Donnelly
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
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
Brittney Daniel
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.
Jonathan Jordan
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
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
Ashley Thompson
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
Rienne Taylor
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
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
Kenzie Cornelison
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
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
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
Susan Tuttle
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
Eva Leger
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
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
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
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
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
We had a great snow just before Thanksgiving. My boys and I made a great snowwoman. That night we had to read just what snow people do at night. The imagination of children is awesome. I think the illustrations are almost magical. They are whimsical. We also enjoyed searching for the hidden objects in the story.

I wonder what Snow People Hot Cocoa would taste like.
S. Todd Strader
So if your snowman's grin is crooked, or he's lost a little height, you'll know he's just been doing what snowmen do at night!"

We roll snow and carefully craft our snow people but before long they become misshaped. Changing temperatures, wind and weather take a toll. Or do they? Caralyn Buehner's offers a much better explanation for why our hard built snowmen begin to droop and sag. Their wonderfully illustrated nightly antics are filled with all of the joy and outright fun of the season. Why do
Nolan Johnson
A. This book is a boy who builds a snowman. When he goes outside the next morning he notices that his snowman is shorter and slanted. The boy decides that the snowman is like that because he was playing at night with other snowmen.

B. The major theme of this book is creativity.

C. I might would use this book to teach about melting points.
Johanna M.
This book A Snowman at Night is about a boy that creates a bid snowman and when the boy saw the snowman the next day he noticed that the snowman wasn’t the same. The snowman was smaller and his arms weren’t in the same position. Then the boy starts to create a story about what he thinks that the snowman did the last night. The age range of this story is primary because is not that easy for little children. The art of this book looks like the artist used oil paints and the “elements surrounding t ...more
Tara Frye
I think I remember reading this book as a kid and I loved the concept of what snowman do at night. As a kid I'm sure we wondered what happen to our snowmen why they melted away or all of a sudden was shorter or just stayed there. This story really captured a child's view of why snow men turned out the way they did the next day.
Tracey Melcher
Have you ever wondered why your snowman looks slightly disheveled from one day to the next? Caralyn Buehner answers this question with her fun-filled story about snowmen at night. Snowman races, sledding, ice skating, snowball fights, and ice-cold cocoa make for a wild, wintry adventure. It’s no wonder that your snowman looks a little different the next day. Mark Buehner’s beautiful oil paint and acrylic illustrations capture the snowmen’s joy and exhilaration as they play while the unsuspecting ...more
Great find! The snowmen books are a fun family read for the holiday season. Getting to see what the snowmen do while it is dark and the humans are sleeping is entertaining. To add to the fun, there are hidden pictures on every page. My boys enjoy finding them as we read.

It will be part of our holiday reading each year for sure!
Meg McGregor
A very fun and amusing story that explains how snowmen can change overnight!

Beautiful illustrations!

Did you know that snowmen like to have snowball fights, slide down hills, and have relay races?

Well they do in this great book that really will help your little one's imagination take flight!
Did you ever wonder what snowmen do at night? This story takes you on snowmen's adventures at night. The illustrations are very animated and the text is graphically designed to add to the fun. At the end it makes you wonder if they really were playing games in the dark! As an added bonus there are hidden pictures cleverly drawn into the illustrations. The author got the idea by observing a real snowman that had "moved" during the night and looked a bit disheveled. When you think about it the sto ...more
Erin Leffler
This story is great for teaching the skill of visualization and for using your imagination. Students are asked to think about what snowmen do at night when everyone else is asleep! This story works well as a lead in for a creative writing project-I've seen great responses from my students! :)
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