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Snowmen at Night


4.25  ·  Rating details ·  18,853 ratings  ·  554 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 rated it really liked it
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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 m
If your kids love snowmen the way my nephew loves snowmen, they will love this book. It is about what snowmen do at night when people are watching. They PARTY.

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Scottsdale Public Library
A lively rhyming story that imagines the hijinks that snowmen get up to when we are sleeping. Kids will enjoy hunting for the images that are hidden in the impressive illustrations. - Paula C. -
Oct 19, 2010 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
Atul Kachru
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't help it. This book just speaks to me me on a fundamental level. I never get tired of reading it. The art is also just beautifully put together. Snow covered moonlit nights have never looked more like I remember them when I was a kid. ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun story about what snowmen do while we are all sleeping
Feb 03, 2016 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
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children Who Love Snow & Snowmen
When he finds his snowman somewhat melted one morning, a young boy wonders what the snowy figure might have gotten up to the night before, imagining a series of exciting events, from a trip to the park to a sports competition involving all of the snowman's friends. The snowmen enjoy themselves immensely in this imaginary scenario, something which offers potential comfort to the children who observe their deteriorated condition the next day...

The first of a series of picture-books from author/ill
Alex  Baugh
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Personally, I love all the Snowmen books, and so do my kids. In this latest adventure, an early snowfall means a snowy Halloween. But before all the treat-or-treating festivities, a sister and brother build a some snowman and of course, they dress them up for Halloween. Later that night, on their way home, one of the kids thinks he sees a snowman wink. That sets off his imagination, wondering what these scary looking snowman do for Halloween. In his imagination, the snowmen first set off on a Ha ...more
This isn't anything too profound, but it has rhyming (which I'm always a fan of esp. for reading aloud to kids) and it's silly (which I'm also a big fan of).

I don't think I loved it the first time I read it, but I recently re-read while babysitting and liked it a lot. It's a fun, creative book with nice illustrations to add to the mix of winter books.
Cheryl Barker
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I bought this for my grandsons and I can't wait to give it to them. Such a cute story and the illustrations are top-notch and so appealing. I'm sure this will be one that becomes one of their favorites. ...more
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it

This is a cute children’s picture book about the adventures and fun that snowmen get up to while everyone is asleep at night, and perhaps that’s why they start to look like they’re dropping and sliding over.
Joshua Arnett
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Snowmen get buck fucking wild at night.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
What do Snowmen do at night?????
Jennifer Brown
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute book with lovely illustrations! I enjoyed finding the hidden picture within the pictures. 🙂🙂
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Ashley Thompson
Dec 07, 2014 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 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....
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
The concept is excellent; however, I really think it doesn't live up to the potential it has for creativity. Needs more whimsy, wit, and mischief. It does provide challenging hidden pictures on every page to find. Bonus: The oil/acrylic rendering of light in the book. ...more
Brittney Daniel
Jun 19, 2014 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. ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: seasons, weather
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.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've owned this book for years but didn't appreciate it enough until this year reading it to my granddaughter. She loves to count the snowmen while I love the rhythm and rhyme. There are so many fun & creative picture in it, that I don't mind reading it over and over! ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
I've been reading this one over and over with my nineteen-month-old grandson. We are enjoying the beautiful drawings, the simple story and especially the hidden images. Our favorite snowman is the one with the pickle nose! ...more
Kinda a cheesy storyline; but I think it would help kids to think outside the box. Give them ideas of things to wonder about when thinking about creative writing. Stimulates imagination.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fun winter book to read to kids. A favorite in our house.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun book about the possible things snowmen could do at night. Rhyming text and great artwork.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read Christmas stories for children of all ages.
Melissa Ericsson
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is an excellent read aloud for primary students. The author, Caralyn Buehner, does an excellent job illustrating the story through her text. The illustrator also does a wonderful job through his illustrations. Students enjoy discussion throughout the story about what they think snowmen could possibly do at night. This story also opens a great discussion around the difference between fiction versus non-fiction books. Although students love discussing what they think snowmen coul ...more
Ben Truong
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Snowmen at Night is a children's picture book written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner and it is the first book in the Snowmen series. It is a delightful story about the nocturnal activities of snowmen that is refreshingly original and visually sparkling.

Caralyn Buehner's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and lyrical. The rhythm of the rhyming text sometimes matches the rollicking spirit of the snowmen's wintry pursuits, but occasionally stumbles. The glee comes throu
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