Debbie Glade shares her views on two snowy picture books, which would both make great holiday gifts . . .
Perfect Snow ($16.99, Albert Whitney & Co, ages 3-8) is a visually mesmerizing book. Author/illustrator Barbara Reid uses Plasticine, a modeling clay, to sculpt scenes for the unique illustrations. She also adds comic book style panels of black and white watercolors to show a series of scenes on various pages.
The story is about a boy named, Scott, who is hoping for a snow day, because he so wants to stay home to play in the snow. But to his dismay, school is not cancelled. During recess time, however, Scott gets his classmates involved in a snow project, but can they finish before the bell rings? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
Kids will love this book, because they can all relate to the joy of playing in the snow on a blustery day. Even if they live in a warm climate, children can certainly dream about playing in the snow.
Razzle Dazzle Ruby, ($17.99, Scholastic Books, ages 4 and up) by Masha D’yans, is a most imaginative pop-up book! A girl named Ruby, inspired by the sparkle of the snow, decides to go outside and play with her dog, Rocket. Out there in the snowy wonderland, they use their imaginations and have some magical adventures. Razzle Dazzle Ruby is so colorful, creative and beautifully done. It just makes me happy to read it, look at the illustrations, and play with the pop-ups. Little girls everywhere are sure to love this wintry treasure too.
Author Masha D’yans has her own line of greeting cards and an awesome website.