Harry is waiting for the snow to come. The first fall brings just enough snow for Harry to build a little snow king. But then his snow king disappears and Harry is sure it has been kidnapped - but who could it have been? Harry looks everywhere for his snow king, but can't find him anywhere. Mr Oakley, the farmer, tells Harry not to give up hope - and when Harry looks out of his window the next day - he finds lots of snow people standing in the back garden!
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Ian Whybrow is a bestselling author of over a hundred books who is proud to have been listed as one of the top ten most-read writers in UK libraries. Among his most popular characters are the hugely successful Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, the barking mad Sniff and the much-loved Little Wolf. Ian lives in London and Herefordshire.From Kirkus Reviews:
A sidelong fantasy from Whybrow with great charm, not the least of which are Reynolds's poignant illustrations of a boy, the first snowfall, and the tiny snow king he creates. Harry has been waiting for the season's first snow; when it comes, it's quite modest, so Harry hunts and gathers enough snow (scraping leaves, gathering a stray drift) to make a foot-tall snow king, decked out with holly berries and a crown of autumn-crisp leaves. Harry's older sister, Sam chides him, dismissing the small pile of snow that Harry is carrying around on a plate. After lunch, when Harry goes outside, the snow king has disappearedkidnapped in Harry's eyes, although readers will guess that the snow has melted. Harry suspects Sam of foul play, but she has been parked in front of the television. Mr. Oakley, driving by later on his tractor, suggests that the snow king might have gone to order more snow. The next day Harry awakens to plenty of snow and a whole community of big and small snowpeople; Mr. Oakley presents evidence (berries and the crown of leaves) that the snow king was party to the proceedings. Harry gets the first tractor tow of the winter on his sled; Sam is too busy with the television. A truly pleasing story, with Harry and Sam's everyday contentiousness tempering the half-oblique magical elements. Reynolds's illustrations recall the works of Charlotte Voake and Bob Graham, with the tilt of a head or dash of an eyebrow conveying weighty emotions indeed. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 32 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0140569863
Book Description Puffin, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140569863