Super Snow Day Seek and Find

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It's a snow day! When Tommy wakes up, he finds a note from his eccentric Aunt Jeanne, promising a surprise if he unravels clues she has hidden for him all over town. Tommy follows the clues through a gorgeous winter wonderland, from sledding and skating to magical ice palaces and forests full of winter creatures. Colorful artwork chock-full of hidden objects to seek and find will delight eagleeyed youngsters and make for hours of fun.

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Overview

It's a snow day! When Tommy wakes up, he finds a note from his eccentric Aunt Jeanne, promising a surprise if he unravels clues she has hidden for him all over town. Tommy follows the clues through a gorgeous winter wonderland, from sledding and skating to magical ice palaces and forests full of winter creatures. Colorful artwork chock-full of hidden objects to seek and find will delight eagleeyed youngsters and make for hours of fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tommy's Aunt Jeanne leaves him rhyming notes, leading him on a snow day adventure rendered in eye-popping digital collage. Tommy views dramatic snow sculptures in the town square, rides a horse-driven sleigh through the park ("Come join the crowd./ Go for a glide./ A sleigh and some horses/ Make a nice winter ride"), meets Old Man Winter, Jack Frost (who delivers him another note), and the Abominable Snowman, and rides a bobsled. Readers can consult Aunt Jeanne's appended list of numerous snow-related objects, symbols, and other items that are hidden throughout the book. The visual surprises should keep observant readers on their toes. Ages 3–5. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Readers are challenged, in a jolly introductory rhyme, to find more than 200 items of various kinds hidden in the illustrations. Fortunately, there is a key at the end. The story begins when young Tommy learns that schools are closed for a snow day. A note in rhyme from his Aunt Jeanne in his cereal bowl sends him outside to shovel. There another rhymed note sends him on snowshoes to town, where many people are enjoying the snow. Following the next note takes Tommy to the huge snow sculptures in the town square. His next goal, from his aunt's note, is the lake, where Tommy goes ice-fishing and catches a fish. A note there sends him on an old-fashioned sleigh ride. A walk in the woods reveals animals abroad and underground. He even meets Old Man Winter, Jack Frost, and the Abominable Snowman. Other events follow. A final rhyming note invites Tommy to a Happy Snow Day celebration. The double-page scenes are complex as they provide the naturalistic settings plus all the extra items to be found. The foreign words for "snow" are printed very lightly, as are the book titles. There are 111 snowflakes to be found from jacket/cover front to back. Lots of jolly action is here amid the searching. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4—Tommy wakes up one snowy morning to find that the schools are closed. He also finds a note from Aunt Jeanne. It sends him on a scavenger hunt for further missives while introducing him to enchanting features of a world changed by weather. Garland's computer-generated illustrations are eye-catching and surreal in the way that digital collages often are, with no object seeming to touch another. They're characterized by bright colors, Claymation-style figures, and an admirable restraint when it comes to clutter—especially when you consider that the pages contain hundreds of images and words for youngsters to sort through. Grade schoolers may be up to the challenge of finding what's hidden throughout the book, though this will require repeated readings. Younger children will just have fun with the pictures and, with a little help, may join the search, especially for energetic Aunt Jeanne, who makes an appearance in every scene.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Aggressively digital illustrations and a MacGuffin of a plot send a little boy on a monumental seek-and-find adventure on a snow day. A series of rhymed and heavily exclamation-point–ed notes from Tommy's Aunt Jeanne lead him out of the house and through the town, passing tableaux of colossal snow sculptures, northern woodland animals, ice climbers and more. Planted in each illustration are (according to the key) 108 "special six-pointed snowflakes," individual letters that when combined spell "Happy Snow Day," the word "snow" in 16 languages (including "Eskimo") and more. The sharp planes of these digital collages offer little warmth, but there's no question there's plenty to look at in these pages. Once consumed, however, it's not likely kids will return to this busy and ultimately plotless book. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525422457
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/11/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 251,209
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.36 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 3.15 (d)

Meet the Author

I was born on 34th Street in Manhattan. My parents were from Queens. They married when my dad returned from World War II; he then joined the ranks of the NYPD. A sister and two brothers rounded out my family. When our Stuyvesant Town apartment grew too small, we moved to the relative wilds of Staten Island.

I spent my childhood roaming the woods, playing sports, crossing the street without looking both ways, and drawing. Drawing was the thing I did best. I wasn’t the smartest one in my class or the best athlete in any sport, but when they passed out the paper and crayons, it was my time to shine. My teachers would never hold up my math test as an example, but everything I drew would be shown to the class and given a place of honor on the bulletin board. I started to think I might become an artist.

After high school, I went to Pratt Institute to study art. I cleaned the floors in a nursing home and drove a cab nights and weekends. Soon after graduating, I sold my first illustration to True Confessions magazine. I was on my way—at the beginning of a thirty-year career of illustrating everything you could imagine. I now have twenty-three books in print, and several more in the pipeline.

Along the way, I married Peggy and we had three children: Katie, Alice and Kevin. Two are in college and one is about to start (please buy my books!). We live in Putnam County, New York.

Sixteen years ago I decided I wanted to be a writer as well as an artist. Sixteen published books later, I’m still at it.

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