Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
Title: The Snowman: The Book of the Classic Film
Author: Raymond Briggs
Published October 1st 2015 (first published October 7th 2004)
Pages: 32 pages
This is a delightful retelling of the classic Raymond Briggs story, complete with beautiful illustrations based on those of the animated film of the story. It also has a CD with two different versions of the story being clearly and expressively read by Matthew Macfadgen. The difference in the two versions is one is a straightforward reading of the book but the other has additional prompts to tell listeners when to turn the page. The CD makes the story more accessible to less able readers and gives more able ones a great model for how to use intonation and expression to make their reading more appealing to the listener. My only problem with it was finding a CD player to use – I can’t remember when we last used it! The target audience for the book is ages 3 – 5 years old but I believe it appeals to a much wider age range and found it a lovely story which could help inspire older children, too.
My thanks for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
After the snow settles on a cold winter’s day, a boy builds a Snowman. Later that night, under the glittering stars, the Snowman comes to life!Together they fly through the night sky on a breathtaking…more