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Perfect Snow

illustrated by Barbara Reid

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published: 2009
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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Perfect Snow

In Perfect Snow, two neighbours – Scott and Jim – are ecstatic when they wake to discover the ground covered in white. At school they barely keep their minds on their work. Scott doodles snowmen and Jim dreams of creating a “totally massive, indestructible Snow Fortress of Doom.” The recess bell finally rings and both rush to the playground to begin their projects. Scott repeatedly attempts to construct the “World’s Greatest Snowman” but falls short. Jim quickly learns that building an indestructible fort has its challenges, particularly when other students raid his snow. It is only when Scott and Jim agree to work together that they achieve their goals. Their teamwork galvanizes an army of students to assist them. Much jubilation erupts when the last snowball is put into place. “The World’s Greatest Totally Massive Snowman Fort” is a masterpiece, capturing a place in school lore!

Barbara Reid knows children well. Her respect for them is always present , accompanied by a keen sense of observation and a sprinkle of humour. One can feel the unbearable excitement as the children wait for the recess bell. And when it rings.... “Kids swarmed the snow like ants on a dropped ice cream cone.” The quest to build something wonderful is masterfully described in a few brief sentences.

Reid has again touched the apex of creativity with her signature Plasticine illustrations. She also explores another medium in this publication – with ink and watercolour panels effectively interspersed throughout the story, each set of panels escalating to a scene created in Plasticine. As with all Reid’s books, photographer Ian Crysler skillfully captures the explosion of motion and colour in the artwork depicting the unbridled joy of children as they burst onto the schoolyard to begin their communion with snow. Our eyes are drawn to a myriad of snow angels, snow tasters, snow architects and snow smashers. One can practically hear the screams of delight emanating from the pages!

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2010. Vol.33 No.1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Perfect Snow

At recess, the schoolyard is full of kids who are happy because it snowed the previous night. Scott is building snowmen. Jim is constructing the world’s largest snow fort. At lunchtime, they join forces to craft a perfect snow surprise. Reid’s watercolour-and-ink panels and famous Plasticine art round out this tale celebrating winter fun.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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  • Commended, Today's Parent 100 best Canadian kids' books of all time
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education - Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, Keystone to Reading Elementary Award Master List
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, OLA Blue Spruce Award
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Short-listed, CBA Libris Awards - Children's Picture Book of the Year
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best booklist
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Barbara Reid delivers her most perfect story yet!

A perfect snow has fallen, and first-grader Scott and fourth-grader Jim have been daydreaming the morning away, making plans, doodling sketches of snowmen and snow forts, all in anticipation of recess and the endless possiblities of this perfect snow.

Barbara Reid uses her signature Plasticine style and blends it for the first time with ink wash panels to create a unique mixed media masterpiece. Drawing inspiration from the schoolyard of her own Toronto childhood and the ones she visits today, she manages to create authentic images to which readers of all ages will relate.

Perfect Snow is a timeless Canadian tale that will beautifully enhance any snowy day!

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Editorial Review

Praise for Perfect Snow:

Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2010Shortlist, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2010Shortlist, CBA Libris Picture Book of the Year, 2010Shortlist, OLA Blue Spruce Award, 2011CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2010Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2009

"Inventive, modern visual storytelling . . . spectacular" —Horn Book

"Reid's trademark Plasticine artwork gives wonderful depth and texture to the pages, while the details she includes are impressive . . . a great choice, no matter what the season." —Kirkus

"Reid has again touched the apex of creativity with her signature Plasticine illustrations . . . One can practically hear the screams of delight emanating from the pages!" —Canadian Children's Book News

"It's always impressive how Reid manages to animate her characters so vividly in an unusual medium . . . It makes readers want to hurry out into the snow, or — better yet — get some Plasticine and start shaping it themselves." —Quill & Quire

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About the Author

Barbara Reid

Barbara Reid is one of Canada’s leading illustrators and authors. Her bestselling books include The Subway Mouse, The Party, Effie and Two by Two. She has won numerous awards for her innovative Plasticine illustrations, including a Governor General’s Award for The Party. The Subway Mouse won the Ruth Schwartz Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration. Barbara Reid was the first Canadian illustrator to win the international UNICEF/Jack Keats Award. She lives in Toronto with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler, and their two children. Visit her website at www.barbarareid.ca.

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