Reviews for Snowmen at Work


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
When he wakes up to find his sidewalk shoveled, a young boy wonders if his snowman is responsible. He begins to contemplate all the jobs snow-folk might have. The clever rhyming text and cheeky illustrations add to this story's lighthearted appeal. Hidden images in each double-page spread painting are challenging and frustrating; the answers are on the back of the book jacket.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 October #1
The Buehners continue their snowmen-come-to-life shtick with this look at occupations. A boy who made a snowman the night before awakens to find new snow on the ground but already-cleared walkways--by his snowman? "Was he the one who shoveled, with a snowman shoveling crew? / Could it be I just don't see that snowmen have jobs too?" Caralyn Buehner's rhyming verses then lead readers in an imaginative tour of other jobs snowmen might have: mechanic (for sleds), grocer, baker, magician, firefighter, "pizza man," factory worker and truck driver. Each work scene is filled with familiar occupational details, like the clip that attaches the dentist's cloth around patients' necks and the decorations that adorn the classroom--it's just the characters that seem out of place to 98.6-degree readers. Especially fun is the pet store, where all the animals are made of snow: a snow rabbit with carrot ears, a snow monkey swinging from the lights and "coldfish" in a tank. Hat, mitten and scarf styles add personality to the characters--don't miss the librarian's and teacher's. A seek-and-find element adds to the fun of poring over the pages--a cat, rabbit, T-rex and mouse are hidden in each painting. Fans and those looking for books about occupations may find themselves looking askance at every snowman they see. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 October #3

In the Buehners' fourth snowmen book, a boy contemplates what jobs snowmen might perform. A snowman dentist "might drill bits of coal/ To fix a snowman's smile"; others work as sled mechanics, librarians, and frozen pizza delivery men. Mark Buehner's inviting paintings contrast the icy characters with cozy indoor scenes. Though the story ends on a flat note, the abundantly silly details should spur readers' imaginations, and images hidden in each spread invite close study. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

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