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The Snowman (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 29 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Re-issue edition (29 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140503501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140503500
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 0.2 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This wonderful wordless picture book is, incredibly, now 20 years old! To celebrate publishers Hamish Hamilton have issued this superb edition complete with a silver embossed dust jacket to enhance the beauty and magic of Raymond Briggs' unforgettable classic.

This story of a young boy's delight in the snow, the snowman he builds and their magical adventure is a delight to share with all children. Narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the innocence and wonder of childhood with its soft, dreamlike illustrations and has become an intrinsic part of Christmas. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Illus. in full color. A wordless story. The pictures have "the hazy softness of air in snow. A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young 'readers' will ever regret or forget."--(starred) "Booklist. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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By Tim Kidner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2013
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Bought this CD recently but never saw the actual film. I was of that age when the subject matter was prevalent however and which still an everyday worry for millions.

Listening now to some of the 80's electro pop, here, on the secondhand CD, via Amazon, makes it hard to see how they ever fitted into a film that, as far as know, was an animated and quite sentimental, yet powerful film.

Seen as a quite interesting collection of tracks from the era then it stands a better chance. There are a number of hugely apocalyptic and thunderous/ponderous tracks too with David Bowie and Genesis adding big names into the mix. These help make the album very listenable and Paul Hardcastle's epic segued sonic montage of many tracks, which includes the original speaking parts from the actors and associated 'doom' radio bulletins, is the distinct highlight here.

Roger Water's closing track Folded Flags provides the provocative finale.

So, overall, a bit of an odd mix and rather too many styles to suit most listeners. A full track listing in the scanned back CD cover that I've uploaded to Amazon's products images (top of page).
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A friend of mine turned me on to this as he read it as inspiration for an operatic work he's writing. I got it as a gift for my partner who loves WWII stuff, loves post-apocalyptic stories and loves David Bowie (who provided music for the cartoon). The story is grim, yet moving and thought-provoking and showed me a side to Raymond Briggs that I never dreamt existed.
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By Mrs. Chadwick TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2007
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I've now read a number of James Patterson's novels now, and all have been excellent, (look at my other reviews).

A little while a go I read his novel "Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment", classed as a teenagers book but adults would love it too. Well this book that started his ideas off for that one; you couldn't really say this is more an adult book then teenager as it deal with many of the same kids.

The story starts out with Max running away with her little brother from the school from hell. During her journey she finds a few people willing to help her to get other kids out of the experiment camp, it's more that then a school. Uncle Thomas, (as he calls himself) and his not so nice friends keep the kids locked up and makes there life hell. These kids are different to the rest of the world, why? They all have wings and can fly.

So if your thinking of reading any of his books that involves these great kids read them in order, whatever age you are you'll enjoy them,(this book first, then "The Lake House"," Maximum Ride: School's out forever" which is the prequel to "Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment").

So far I've read the first and last books, (LOL not the correct order as I didn't know the others existed).

"When the wind Blows" is an excellent book, I couldn't put it down and it just took 24hrs to read. It's a book I would read again and would recommend to everyone whatever the age you are.

My advice to teenage readers is if you want a little more then "Harry Potter" then these are the books for you. :-)

It's worth every penny and I know look forward to start reading "The Lake House". :-)
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Sometimes the best stories to deal with complex issues are the simplest, in plot and form; like Orwell's 'Animal Farm' or Raymond Briggs' 'When the Wind Blows'.
I suppose you could say this book conjured up a strange mixture of feelings in me. For one thing, it dealt with subjects related to the British identity which had been frustrating me for some time, such as the obsessive nostalgia for the national 'glory days' of the second world war. The old couple are way out of their time and completely without a clue. As well as tugging on our heartstrings, sometimes you just want to grab them and shake them, as they attempt to deal with the horrors of a nuclear attack with that typical British attitude of 'carrying on' and 'stiff upper lip' and 'getting by'; completely unaware of the drastic changes in warfare since the days of Churchill and Old Hitler, 'when everything made sense'. The husband keeps up a blind faith in 'the powers that be' while his wife fusses over the house and her domestic duties; even when their situation rapidly changes from bad to worse. There is cruel but sometimes hilarious black comedy at work here.
But of course, with all great British works, as well as the comedy there is the tragedy. You know from the start that this couple is doomed, with their lack of knowledge and understanding in international affairs and modern warfare. It is clear that the reason they indulge in nostalgia for their pasts, keep faith in the authorities and keep telling themselves that the nuclear damage is not as bad as it looks is that they're trying to stop themselves from breaking down. Even as their bodies weaken and fall apart from the radiation, as the vibrant colour is slowly drained from Brigg's devastatingly simple, rosy artwork, the characters keep hope.
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My parents bought me this book when I was a young girl in the eighties. It had a big impact on me then. Lost the book over the years and several house moves, so happy to have it back in my collection again. Although dated reference wise, still very relevant.
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