Snowmen at Night
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Snowmen at Night

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by Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner
     
 

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Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night,

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Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner's roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. From the highly successful team that created such winning titles as Fanny's Dream, Snowmen at Night is fabulous, frosty, and fun!

Editorial Reviews

By now, the whole world knows about Snowmen at Night, Caralyn Buehner's adorable story about an iceman who droops in the morning. This board book should rejuvenate the old boy.
Publishers Weekly
Not since Frosty paraded through the village square have snowmen enjoyed such a slip-sliding good time as they do in the Buehners' (Fanny's Dream) latest flight of fancy. When a boy observes that the snowman he built the day before now looks droopy and disheveled, he imagines what happened to his snow creation during the night. Soon the boy pictures all the neighborhood snowmen gathered in the park for "ice-cold cocoa," a snowball fight, a round of making snow angels and more. Surely a full night of play and a long glide back to their homes must be the explanation. The rhythm of the rhyming text sometimes matches the rollicking spirit of the snowmen's wintry pursuits, but occasionally stumbles: "Then the snowman games begin: They line up in their places,/ each one anxious for his turn in the snowman races." The glee comes through at its most infectious in Mark Buehner's oil-and-acrylic paintings of the merrymakers, who look so delighted in their revelry that readers won't be able to help smiling in response. Bringing the brisk snap of the season to the fore, his scenes feature a natural light show, depicting an inky night sky and fluffy snow that glistens beneath moonlight and (street) lamplight, and eventually, the gradual brightening of dawn. Children will like being in on the secret here and eagle-eye readers will relish finding hidden figures in the shadows, clouds and snowdrifts. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Does the tall and stately snowman, so carefully built one day, look a little disheveled a day later? "His hat had slipped, his arms drooped down,/ he really looked a fright/ it made me start to wonder:/ What do snowmen do at night?" When it really gets dark, those playful round guys slide to the park. There they enjoy ice-cold cocoa before having races and acting like grinning clowns. The fun continues and the snowmen play baseball with their brooms, have a terrific snowball fight, and take wild rides downhill on sleds. When they are tuckered out, they gather their snowman paraphernalia to return home. Vivid and luminescent paintings capture the snowmen in their joyous pursuits. Readers are invited to look for hidden shapes throughout the illustrations. Join the frosty merry-makers in poetic verse and learn why the grins of snowmen are a little crooked in the morning. A picture book that makes a smooth transition to a board book. 2004 (orig. 2002), Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to 8.
—Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
A child wonders why a snowman looks droopy the morning after it was made and decides that snowmen must be nocturnal. The bouncy, rhyming text describes the imagined rumpus in which the snowmen have races, do tricks on skates, and bump into one another like clowns. "They gather up their snowballs, the pitcher takes his aim,/and underneath the moonlit sky they play a baseball game./No one knows just how it started,/but soon it's quite a sight-/with snowmen throwing snowballs/in the world's best snowball fight!" After a night of action, the tired snowmen return to their homes. The oil-over-acrylic paintings capture the fun of the rollicking adventures and bring these round creations to life. The illustrations convincingly depict their solid bodies in action, and the moonlit snowy setting provides a sense of mystery. The imaginative description and lively art could provide an entertaining read-aloud for bedtime sharing or winter storytimes.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The work of this husband-and-wife team best known for The Escape of Marvin the Ape (1992) is always special; here it comes together in a delightful story about the nocturnal activities of snowmen that is refreshingly original and visually sparkling. Author Buehner imagines why snowmen may not look the same as they had the day before. While children sleep, their snowy creations gather for winter fun that includes ice-skating on a pond, hilltop sledding, and an enthusiastic snowball fight. The illustrative Buehner uses oil paints over acrylics to bring this idea to dazzling life. Primary colors delicately form the winter wonderland where the secret, active life of these frozen friends is grinningly revealed. A palette of blues and yellows painted against one another create depth and shadow while illuminating the night and casting a moonlit glow on the scenery. Perhaps the use of color to create light will assist young readers in their search for images of Santa Claus faces, rabbits, and dinosaurs that are hidden in the scenes. It would be difficult not to fall in love with this rollicking flight of imagination created by a terrific combination of talent.
From the Publisher
"...fall in love with this rollicking flight of imagination created by a terrific combination of talent." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803725508
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
90,118
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"...fall in love with this rollicking flight of imagination created by a terrific combination of talent." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Meet the Author

The husband-and-wife team behind the best-selling Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas, Carolyn and Mark Buehner are also the creators of the award-winning Fanny’s Dream. Upcoming collaborations include an original fairy tale about a lonely princess who decides to become a hairdresser. They live in Utah with their nine children.

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Snowmen at Night 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
. If you like snowmen you should read this book. I like the book because it is funny! Snowmen at Night by Carly Buehner and the illustrators name is Mark Buehner. The plot is that at night when people are sleeping snowmen play at night. The book is cool because at night they play baseball and they throw snowballs instead of balls. It the best book ever because the pictures look great. You should buy this book. The book is fiction. I give it 5 stars. I recommend this book for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. My friends would like this book and so would you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was little I read this book EVERY SINGLE night before I went to bed. I learned how to read from this book. I thought it was the best book ever. It made me giggle. I am now 13 and I pulled this book out the other day amd sat down and read it. It doesn't make me giggle or struggle over the words, but it made me smile bcuz I used to cuddle with my mom and little sister on the couch every night and read this book to them (of course my mom had to help me I was like 4 or 5). This book used to just be a funny book that I liked but now its the book that taught me how to read and the book that has so much meaning and memories to it! (:
MotherEarthLY More than 1 year ago
I am a preschool teacher with 3-6 year olds. I used this book in a lesson plan to spark a discussion and their imaginations about what happens when we aren't looking. The kids loved this story and we had a wonderful discussion about it later. I had a snowman project for them and their pictures reflected our discussion. Great for snuggling up and reading with your kids or using in a lesson plan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first saw this book at a book fair at the school I work at 6 years ago. The pictures are amazing. I had mentioned it to a friend and was given it as a gift. (My children at the time were in 6th and 7th grade). It is a yearly coffee table book setting. My niece has enjoyed this book every time she came over (more than the other kids in the house). Every time she comes, we have to sit and look through it, she is now 10. This year, I purchased her her own copy to have. Instructions included she never get rid of it and someday share it with her nieces and nephews. To this day, my own college age kids still look at it along with their room mates they bring home. A great book for anyone at any age!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
REALLY CUTE BOOK! SUCH A CUTE CONCEPT.LOVE THE HIDDEN PICTURES TOO.
Terita More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written!
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered what snowmen do at night? This cute picture book answers that question. In addition to the wonderfully, charming pictures, you learn that snowmen love to do some of the same things human children do. They do things such as: sledding, ice skating, snowball fights and many other activities. Maybe that is why when we see a snowman the next morning they look a little disheveled. Now we know why.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for the two year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book totally rocks!!! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was always 1 of the best books ive read it is behind among the free by Margret Petrson Haddix.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a favorite every winter season for both my girls 2 & 4. The illustrations are absolutely amazing, my kids LOVE the pictures and the rhyming story is completely amusing and original. Makes a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who has a baby, toddler or preschooler.
Emily Doss More than 1 year ago
I've read this book at school and I love it.
Sean Long More than 1 year ago
i found this book super cute and great for kids
bsa-4p More than 1 year ago
As it turns out, Snowmen are very busy at night in perfect illustration and color harmony by the Buehners, illustrator and author. Finding the extra drawings, we had to hunt a bit. But now, my grandchild can find them himself. Excellent for winter reading to kids.
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retrdtchr More than 1 year ago
This is another very popular book at the school library where I volunteer. Beautifully illustrated with a cute story. Bought it for Christmas and grandsons love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story on what Snowmen do while you're asleep will capture your heart and imagination. A great read for ages 4-7.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DON'T ORDER THIS BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!! I added this book to an order and now the shipment of the order is delayed until January 9, 2015 because this book is out of stock. I went to cancel the order and B&N claim they are unable to cancel an order that won't be filled for 3 weeks.  As a result,  the recipient of this gift (when it finally arrives at her house) will have to return it via mail or to the store (1 hour away from where she lives). I am now another previously loyal customer who is now disappointed by B&N.  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our 3 year old grandsons loved this book! It's an adorable story of what snowmen do while the rest of us are sleeping. Great illustrations. I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cannot review yet, sent as gift
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfully and delightfully written story! My daughter and I smiled and laughed throughout the whole story as we were reading ! We also enjoyed finding the "hidden items" mentioned at the end. We would have never noticed them! Entertaining, colorful and soooo delightful!
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