One Snowy Morning – Kevin Tseng, illustrated by Dan Wulfekotte

   One Snowy Morning – Kevin Tseng, illustrated by Dan Wulfekotte, Dial Books for Young Readers, (9780735230415), 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This is a sweet and funny story that revolves around some woodland animals encountering a snowman.  A chipmunk and squirrel discover “…the oddest things stuck in a giant pile of snow.” They are joined by a rabbit, a bird, an owl and a mole as they take the objects from the snowman.  The wooden arms become “long wooden legs,” the coal buttons are “lumpy kickballs,” the top hat is a rowboat, the scarf is a theater curtain and the mittens are fish puppets, the buttons are shields and the carrot is a dragon’s tooth.  The friends think they know just what to do and take the objects inside to make dragon tooth soup. All the snowman props are repurposed again as the coal and sticks are used for a fire, the hat becomes a table, the scarf a tablecloth, the mittens are hats, and the buttons become plates.  After enjoying their delicious soup, the friends take the items back outside and “they returned almost everything…to about the same place.” The illustrations, entered in pencil and colored digitally, are fun and filled with expression and detail. Children will love the hilarious final illustration of the snowman as the animals put it back together.  This is a wonderful winter story.

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a fun book to add to a storytime with a winter theme.  Pair it with Sadie and the Snowman by Allen Morgan, Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sam for a look at how animals might interact with snowmen. 

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 11/10/19          


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