Snowzilla

Janet Lawler, illus. by Amanda Haley. Amazon Children’s Publishing, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7614-6188-3
In a chirpy story of mild civil strife, a girl named Cami Lou constructs a humungous snowman (helpfully, her parents own a snowplow and a bulldozer) that attracts thousands of visitors. When angry neighbors protest (“A lady warned everyone,/ ‘Make no mistake—/ when temperatures rise,/ he’ll turn into a lake!’ ”), Cami and her brother work to have the snowman relocated. Working in acrylic and colored pencil, Haley portrays a playfully lopsided town, but Lawler’s rhymes are often labored (“So Cami used e-mail and texting and blogging/ to save all their effort spent packing and slogging”) and the ending feels pat. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/15/2012
Release date: 10/01/2012
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