Hello, friends! Our book today is Snow Beast Comes To Play by Phil Gosier, a fun story about not judging by appearances.
Little girl Penny absolutely loves the snow, and looks forward to it every year. There’s another type of creature that does as well: the snow beasts, who only wake up during the snowy months each year. But while most of the snow beasts are content to simply nap or compare foot size, one lonely snow beast is hoping for something different this year – he wants to make a friend. Sliding down the mountain to the land of humans, he does his best to politely make friends with the people he finds… only to have them run screaming from his giant stature and booming voice. Penny is initially scared as well, but seeing the dejected Snow Beast, all his overtures of friendship failed, she decides to give the monster a chance. And sure enough, she may have finally found someone who loves the snow just as much as her.
Cheerful and cute. The plot is a tad formulaic, and the ending surprisingly quick – I was expecting a bigger ending, especially with the way the townspeople were whispering about the Beast after their encounters – but the overall charm of the story and illustrations make this easy to overlook. The Snow Beast himself is especially cute, with his wide, friendly grin and expressive gestures. The length is good, and JJ enjoyed it. A short, simple, winter-themed lesson in making friends, and we enjoyed it. Baby Bookworm approved.
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)