Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review: The Last Snowman by JC Little

by JC Little

“This afternoon it snowed. It was probably one of the last snows of the winter, so it was lovely sticky snow…perfect for making a snowman.” So begins the funny and poignant tale of a teenage girl and a dangerously tall snowman. 

From the kitchen window, a mother watches her teenage daughter build one last snowman in the fresh spring snow. The girl works diligently, with some help from her little brother, and the snowman grows tall. But wet snow and gravity take their toll leaving a young girl who has perhaps loved and lost for the very first time. 

The LAST Snowman is a book with timeless appeal for children and adults alike. Award-winning story artist JC Little has playfully captured a “moment” in family life, marking the ephemeral grace between childhood and adolescence.


Kat's Review

I don't normally review short picture style books on this site, but this one was so cute and perfect for winter that I couldn't resist. The Last Snowman is a short book that depicts a mother watching her 14 year old daughter make the last snowman of the year. The mother reflects on her daughter's efforts with the snowman, and there's the sense that she realizes her daughter is caught in that in-between stage of growing up that can be so bittersweet.

It's a lighthearted look at a special time, but it's not overly sappy. I laughed out loud at one part in particular. The story is simple enough to be read and enjoyed by all ages, but deep enough that the meaning will change depending on the reader. This would be a great book for a mother to share with her daughter, or for any parent or grandparent to share with a child.

Really well done and a fun read.


1 comment:

  1. This is a great review of my first book. I'm really glad you could see there's layers of meaning depending on who reads it. Thank-you so much for this!


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