Sunday, 15 December 2013

When It Snows- Richard Collingridge

The Blurb
When everything grinds to a halt because of the snow, one small boy and his teddy bear refuse to allow the weather to spoil their fun. They embark on an amazing journey in which they ride a polar bear and meet huge snowmen, an ice queen, fairies, elves, a giant reindeer and Father Christmas.

And at the very end of the story, in a wonderfully cosy and festive fireside scene, there's a clever twist - he has simply become immersed in the magical scenes of his favourite book.

The Review
If you are looking for a perfect wintery read to enjoy with a child, then When It Snows could be the answer to your prayers.  It is a captivating book, with illustrations that will whisk both young and old away.  The simple, short sentences allow the beautiful artwork to do the talking.  Unsurprisingly this book was shortlisted for the V and A illustration award 2013- the illustrations really are mesmerising.
My son (age 5) really enjoyed this book and loved the adventures, although was disappointed by the revelation at the end.  I must admit that I can understand why- although reassuring and cosy to adult eyes, the final scene is perhaps not as gripping as children expect.  However, this gentle story would work well at bedtime and the detailed illustrations offer many opportunities for discussion.
Out now in paperback with brighter, clearer artwork, this enchanting book would be a great addition to pre-schoolers/infants bookshelves.
With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in return for my honest opinion.
See the trailer here -prepare for the magic!

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