The Big Snuggle-Up

The Big Snuggle-Up

by Brian Patten, Nicola Bayley

A snowy day is the perfect time to get cozy and snuggle up around the fire. And even if you have lots of friends who need a warm place to stay, there's always room for one more. And one more. And one more.


A snowy day is the perfect time to get cozy and snuggle up around the fire. And even if you have lots of friends who need a warm place to stay, there's always room for one more. And one more. And one more.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"I asked a scarecrow in out of the snow," begins this cumulative winter rhyme. The scarecrow wants to bring his mouse friend along. "Into the house and out of the snow..." is the repeated refrain as a butterfly, a robin, a squirrel, "a sweet old rabbit with nowhere to go," a cat, a dog, a lamb, a fawn, a donkey, a heron, a fox, and a barn owl all come in to be cozy and warm. In the end, "everyone agreed how nice it would be / To stay in that little warm house with me." The simple verse is the framework for the visuals, with their multiple details. Bayley uses the large double-page spreads to provide room for the various appealing animals and their actions. The young fox watches the fluttering butterfly from a decorated hatbox while the attentive mouse looks on. In an earlier snow scene, the mouse hangs on to the scarecrow's hat as it pats the fawn. Each scene has a naturalistic vitality that adds to the detailed interaction of the characters. The final scene, with all in front of the blazing fireplace in comfortable intimacy, could be called a modern Peaceable Kingdom. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A child invites a scarecrow to come in from the snow, and the scarecrow asks if he can bring a mouse with him. A butterfly, a robin, and other woodland creatures soon join the group until the house is full of friends all snuggled and warm around the fireplace. Patten tells this simple story of generosity and kindness with delightful rhyme, meter, and alliteration. The poem begs to be read aloud, lilting and dancing on the tongue: "A squirrel scampered down from a sycamore tree,/'I'll bring you some nuts, if you'll shelter me.'" Children will enjoy joining in at the end of each stanza when the growing list of visitors is repeated. The text is printed in a large, easy-to-read font on a cream-colored background and surrounded by Bayley's colored pencil and crayon illustrations. The art is meticulously crafted, with attention given to every hair and whisker. The style of the pictures is similar to Bayley's illustrations for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (Candlewick, 2005), but they are done on a larger scale and in slightly softer hues. The scarecrow is a little cartoonish, but the animals look realistic and soft enough to pet. A lovely book about sharing and compassion.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Predators and prey alike arrive to snuggle into a boy's cozy cottage to sleep through a winter storm in this visually breathtaking work from illustrator Bayley and British poet Patten. The unseen young boy's initial invitation, extended to a scarecrow, opens the door for all manner of beasts to ask for refuge. Before night fully falls, the fireside is packed tight, with creatures ranging from donkey and owl to fox and fawn. Rhyming couplets introduce each newcomer, while the refrain cumulatively lists each animal that has found shelter from the storm: "A robin peeped out from its freezing nest, / ‘Would you mind if you had another guest?' / Into the house and out of the snow / Came a robin, a butterfly, a mouse, and an old scarecrow." Not all of Patten's rhymes are music to the ears, however, as when he rhymes "fur" with "chair" and "flew" with "snow." But Bayley's gorgeously realistic animals, which appear so lifelike that they could step right out of the pages, more than compensate. Indeed, they appear so real as to seem incongruous when juxtaposed with the more cartoonish scarecrow, with his bright colors and patterns. A sweet complement to a wintry night by the fire snuggled up in a lap… but beware those who take a page from the boy's book and invite in a menagerie of their own. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

Kane/Miller Book Publishers
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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