McAllister, Angela Winters Child Templar, 2015. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK
boy named Tom loves winter and spends his days enjoying all it has to offer. He
even finds a friend who is very fun and mysterious, and together they have
adventures in the icy landscape. But at home, they are running out of food and
wood, and spring just won’t come. Will their family survive?
This is a
very large picture book with strangely enchanting, yet deeply creepy
illustrations (especially of the people). I usually don’t go for books that are
kind of off kilter, but this book has a very life or death old school folktale
vibe, which is kind of appealing. There is a reason that folktales enduring and
I think students will relate to the ending of this book, and there is certainly
a lot to look at the unusual illustration artwork.
EL (K-3) –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary
School Librarian & Author.