Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Format Read: Hardcover
Source: Public library
Release Date: August 27, 2013
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Blurb from goodreads:
When it snows, magic happens. Follow a boy and his teddy bear on a wondrous snowy adventure which will lead readers of all ages to a surprising place.
A surprising place indeed. I thought I knew where the story was going but it did in act surprise me and pleasantly so. A little boy and his teddy bear go adventuring and along the way, there are polar bears, elves (looking very Germanic or maybe Nordic), a queen, reindeer, and fairies. The text is simple and gives a sense of the boy's joy and wonder.
The pictures are darkish, wonderfully detailed, and convey a sense of majesty in certain scenes. My one complaint about the illustrations is that the snow looks sand; it feels as if we're in a desert except for the animals and the vegetation. I love the cover illustration, in fact that's what caught my interest initially. The look of wonder on the boy's face, the teddy bear, the colors, and the details, just lovely.
This would be a good book children three years old and up and is a nice addition to Christmas stories.