Genre: Children/Winter Olympics
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Story Perspective: Alternating Third and First-Person
*This book was kindly given for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Snowman Paul is back and is excited to be invited as a referee at the Winter Olympics. This means a lot of studying for Paul. But, when he becomes wrapped up in learning about the different winter sports, does he risk his friendship with Dan?
This is my second book in the Snowman Paul series, and I thought it was a sweet and cute read for children.
The illustrations fit very well with each page and have a warm, welcoming feeling. The size of each character and scenery in the story is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy.
(Some SPOILERS) When thinking of themes, the biggest one is friendship. I found this lovely and wonderful on two different levels. Firstly, when Snowman Paul becomes so excited to be a referee, he sort of pushes his friends aside to fulfill this duty. Secondly, Snowman Paul realizes that his true passion is playing with his friends and wants to return to his group. With Dan’s kind heart, it was clear that the young boy was understanding towards his friend’s excitement and gladly welcomed him back. Both instances show the different aspects of friendships sometimes people have to deal with, and both were dealt with ideally for young children.
There are a couple of minor parts of the book that I saw could be improved. I noticed that the perspective switched from first-person to third-person throughout. It is unclear if this was done on purpose and perhaps young children wouldn’t notice, but I thought it was worth noting. Also, it was unclear the process of how one can participate in the Winter Olympics. Again, youngsters may not pick up on this, but I would have an answer ready just in case you have an inquisitive preschooler.
Overall, this picture book was lovely and one that I see many children falling in love with.
I would recommend this to parents of young children who would love to explore the theme of friendship a bit more.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
4 out of 50 books for review for 2018