One snowy morning

Kevin Tseng, 1973-

Book - 2019

A squirrel and a chipmunk spot an odd assortment of objects stuck into a big pile of snow and set out to discover how each can be used.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers [2019]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
ISBN
9780735230415
0735230412
Main Author
Kevin Tseng, 1973- (author)
Other Authors
Dana Wulfekotte (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

"One snowy morning... two friends found the oddest things stuck in a giant pile of snow." When a chipmunk and a squirrel come across a snowman in the forest, they are perplexed. What could it be? This charmingly silly tale follows the furry friends as they ponder the snowman's classic accoutrements, before landing upon their own ingenious way to use these strange objects: a "dragon tooth soup" party featuring a top-hat table, button plates, and carrot soup. After, "they returned almost everything... to about the same place." Tseng's minimal, witty text, where a snowman's coal eyes become "lumpy kickballs" and a scarf becomes "a grand theater curtain," works with Wulfekotte's cheery, cheeky illustrations to get the jokes across, and images of round-bodied woodland creatures cheerfully sporting enormous mitten hats and concocting carrot soup (and a glorious mess) will elicit giggles. Ages 3–5. (Nov.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—The title sets the scene as two friends, a chipmunk and squirrel, stumble upon a snowman complete with a top hat, a collection of buttons, scarf and mittens, and even a carrot nose. Yet the woodland creatures have never seen such a thing and start to disassemble the parts, guessing what each item is for. The chipmunk and squirrel pilfer the snowman's nose to make a soup and host a party, eventually returning the borrowed bits for someone else to enjoy. Told alternatively through narration and animal speech bubbles, this clever story is sweet and endearing. Each item the snowman is wearing is given a creative name and purpose, which offer readers rich opportunities for imaginative exploration along with new vocabulary. In this way, the story is reminiscent of Antoinette Portis's Not a Box or Not a Stick, with more narrative and talking woodland creatures. Wulfekotte's illustrations provide thoughtful animation to the story, with comical facial expressions and subtle details (such as a curious owl or the chipmunk with its tongue hanging out, drooling over his soup) that give the creatures vitality. VERDICT A quick, amusing read, this would be a good pick for most collections looking to round out their winter-themed selections.—Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A squirrel and a chipmunk spot an odd assortment of objects stuck into a big pile of snow and set out to discover how each can be used.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Two woodland friends, a squirrel and a chipmunk, encounter a snowman without recognizing it and use its top hat, carrot nose and mittens as helpful objects that they turn into a rowboat, yummy soup and funny fish puppets. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Two woodland friends spot a mysterious pile of snow decked out with funny objects which they put to use in unintended and highly original ways, proving that things are what you make of themOne morning, a squirrel and a chipmunk find the oddest things stuck in a giant pile of snow. Readers will recognize a snowman, but the two friends have their own ideas about what they've found. The top hat is a tall rowboat; the carrot nose is a rare dragon's tooth; and the mittens, of course, are fish puppets. The squirrel and the chipmunk wonder what all of these items are doing in a giant pile of snow, but when they take them home they figure out just what to do with them. The tall rowboat makes a perfect table; the rare dragon's tooth makes a delicious soup; and the fish puppets make amazing hats! They throw a dragon tooth soup party for all their friends, and the next morning they put (almost) everything back, nearly where they found. Readers will still see a snowman, but they'll also see how the snowman can be so much more.