November 2014, Sleep Sheep Productions, 56 pages, Ebook, Review copy
Content: humour, sweet moments
Summary from Sleepy Sheep Productions
Bestselling children’s author, Julia Dweck, shares the magic of the holiday season in a delightful story of one boy’s wish for a dog of his very own. After a wintry mix of snow and love, two icy mounds of snow come to life with a bark, a wiggle and a wag. The wonder of childhood is born in this frisky snowpup named Frostbite. Children will be enchanted by the artistry of Robb Mommaerts, whose illustrations perfectly capture the magic of this imaginative picture book. Told in rhyme by a little boy whose dream comes true, this tale will warm the heart of young readers and any parent who remembers wishing for a dog of their very own.
So that’s the truth amidst the snow—
As day turned into night,
I found a dog to call my own.
I’m glad I caught Frostbite.
Unlike the unpleasant medical condition of the same name, Frostbite is a heart warming tale of a snowy miracle. I had happy tears for a fair part of the tale because the strength of love between boy and dog is clear to see. As ever Julia's finely crafted verse is memorable, and some readers will delight in memorising it so they know it off by heart. The illustrations both depict emotions well and are full of them, complementing the sweet story. The only reason it missed a top grade is that part of me finds the concept of things coming to life a little bit creepy.
For my favourite book from Julia & Beth Trott check out Crowned (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)