Snowball Fight!

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Snow day! School’s closed! And somewhere out there, a snowball fight is waiting to happen! Comedian and future Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon brings the high action and high comedy of winter’s most riotous kid rite of passage to life in brisk, uproarious verse. Snow bunnies and Fallon fans of all ages will recognize the runny noses, snowball assaults, toboggan shields, and hand-me-down snowsuits that are essential ingredients of cold-weather fun.

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Overview

Snow day! School’s closed! And somewhere out there, a snowball fight is waiting to happen! Comedian and future Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon brings the high action and high comedy of winter’s most riotous kid rite of passage to life in brisk, uproarious verse. Snow bunnies and Fallon fans of all ages will recognize the runny noses, snowball assaults, toboggan shields, and hand-me-down snowsuits that are essential ingredients of cold-weather fun.

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Publishers Weekly
With simple, exuberant rhyming couplets set to a driving meter, the star of Saturday Night Live follows a boy (who bears a striking resemblance to a young Jimmy Fallon) on a snow day. The hero bundles up, dashes out ("No time for breakfast,/ already late./ Pretend I don't hear when Mom yells,/ `Wait!' "), and builds a fort in anticipation of the title event. There's a tense moment when the outcome looks dark ("Out of ammo/ trapped in fort./ Enemy approaching,/ need support"), but the hero's little sister whom Stower (Two Left Feet) depicts as not only adoring but also non-pesty comes through in the nick of time. Fallon's grown-up fans, who might expect a tale punctuated with irony, may be disappointed. This book (inspired by the song "Snowball" on his album, The Bathroom Wall, according to the jacket flap) is straight-up nostalgia, a paean to a childhood so idyllic that Stower can actually get away with showing kids who wear pots and colanders as snowball-fighting headgear. Any mischievousness falls under the conventional boys-will-be-boys category, such as a parting shot of the hero sneaking to the freezer with "one last snowball [for] future use." Although the compositional focus on many spreads feels diffuse, Stower's watercolors, featuring pug-nosed, wide-eyed kids, exude an old-fashioned winter friskiness. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-When school is closed because of a snowstorm, a boy and his sister race outside to play. He builds a fort, and soon a fierce snowball fight with other children ensues. The battle rages until it's time to head home for cocoa. Short rhyming stanzas describe the events. Ranging in size from small insets to double-page paintings, the energetic cartoon-style illustrations capture the action and humor. Sporting colorful outerwear and a silver colander on his head, the protagonist is ready for any adventure. Large print and lots of repetition make this a good choice for beginning readers as well as an engaging read-aloud.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525474562
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/22/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 148,478
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.36 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Jimmy Fallon

James Thomas “Jimmy” Fallon (born September 19, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, singer, musician and television host. He currently hosts Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a late-night talk show that airs on NBC. Prior to that, he appeared in several films, and was best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2004. On April 3, 2013, NBC announced that Fallon would replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
 
Adam Stower grew up in Zurich, Switzerland, and was educated at the Norwich School of Art and Design and at the University of Brighton in England. Adam has a rich imagination and loves fantasy and adventure stories. Previous titles include Two Left Feet, Slam, The Den, Bottoms Up!, and the Mungo and Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School series. Adam works with publishers in the UK and the US and his picture books have been translated into many languages around the world. He currently lives in Brighton.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    Absolutely Terrific!!!

    What a wonderful book! My kids (age 6 & 3) LOVE Jimmy's book. We live in Michigan so we usually have plenty of snow to build a fort and have a snowball fight. They love the book and ask to read it many times a week. My son's kindergarten teacher actually borrowed it to read to his classes and has put it on his wish list for the school's book fair. It's fun and beautifully illustrated. Jimmy is such an extremely talented man. I hope this isn't the last book we get from him. LOVE IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2009

    I can't believe it.

    When I heard Jimmy wrote a kid's book I was astonished. That man is so talented and amazing. He's great. I do not have kids, but when I do, I'll make sure to read this book to them. Jimmy is awesome, such an amazing man I love him.

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