Snowmen at Work (Snowmen)

by Caralyn Buehner (Author) Mark Buehner (Illustrator)

Snowmen at Work (Snowmen)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Snowmen

If you were a snowman, what job would you choose?

Ten years ago, on the publication of Snowmen at Night, we discovered the secret lives of snowmen. While we humans sleep, the snowmen go sledding, play baseball, and drink cocoa. But now it's revealed that snowmen don't just play all night--they have jobs to do, just like the parents of human kids. Dentists replace missing coal from snowman smiles while pet store owners help pair snowkids with their very own snowpuppy or snowfish to love. The pizza man delivers frozen pizza, and factory workers make the coolest toys in town.

This fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Snowmen series is a gleeful, goofy delight. Kids will love spotting the silly details in each illustration, and the hidden pictures too. (They can look on the back side of the book jacket for a key to all that's concealed within.)

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Kirkus Reviews

The Buehners continue their snowmen-come-to-life shtick with this look at occupations.

A boy who made a snowman the night before awakens to find new snow on the ground but already-cleared walkways—by his snowman? “Was he the one who shoveled, with a snowman shoveling crew? / Could it be I just don’t see that snowmen have jobs too?” Caralyn Buehner’s rhyming verses then lead readers in an imaginative tour of other jobs snowmen might have: mechanic (for sleds), grocer, baker, magician, firefighter, “pizza man,” factory worker and truck driver. Each work scene is filled with familiar occupational details, like the clip that attaches the dentist’s cloth around patients’ necks and the decorations that adorn the classroom—it’s just the characters that seem out of place to 98.6-degree readers. Especially fun is the pet store, where all the animals are made of snow: a snow rabbit with carrot ears, a snow monkey swinging from the lights and “coldfish” in a tank. Hat, mitten and scarf styles add personality to the characters—don’t miss the librarian’s and teacher’s. A seek-and-find element adds to the fun of poring over the pages—a cat, rabbit, T-rex and mouse are hidden in each painting.

Fans and those looking for books about occupations may find themselves looking askance at every snowman they see. (Picture book. 3-7)

Copyright 2012 Kirkus Reviews, LLC Used with permission

Publishers Weekly

In the Buehners' fourth snowmen book, a boy contemplates what jobs snowmen might perform. A snowman dentist "might drill bits of coal/ To fix a snowman's smile"; others work as sled mechanics, librarians, and frozen pizza delivery men. Mark Buehner's inviting paintings contrast the icy characters with cozy indoor scenes. Though the story ends on a flat note, the abundantly silly details should spur readers' imaginations, and images hidden in each spread invite close study. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

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Caralyn Buehner
The husband-and-wife team behind the best-selling Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas, Carolyn and Mark Buehner are also the creators of the award-winning Fanny's Dream. Upcoming collaborations include an original fairy tale about a lonely princess who decides to become a hairdresser. They live in Utah with their nine children.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2012

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