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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Snowman Amuck by Cindy Samul is the story of Jack, whose parents are out on a Friday night. They leave the house, giving Jack a lot of instructions. He almost goes to sleep, but then remembers his sled. He dons his winter clothes, comes back with his sled, and realizes that the door is locked and he cannot enter. He thinks his sister is playing a trick and calls out to her. He is freezing cold and he knows she is up there as he can see the lights in her room. He then takes a ladder and climbs up, and he sees a snowman standing behind her. As the story progresses, young readers get to see how the snowman comes to life and the fight between Jack and the snowman.
The story is a wee bit scary, as well as humorous, and children will love the twist at the end. The illustrations are charming and the snowman looks quite scary and evil. Jack and Ally are lovable characters and their portrayal is real and relatable. It is an excellent bedtime storytelling book and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries, especially during the Christmas season and winter. I like the comic format of the book; it is not only appealing but also gives a good look and feel, and it is different from other children’s storybooks. The story reveals the fun angle when the snowman comes to life and this makes it an entertaining story for children.