On the day of the big snowman-building contest, Jack goes to join Angie and Melden in the park, with his tag-along little sister, Nancy, sticking to him like glue. Nancy loves to help Jack, but her “help” can be disastrous, so he’s relieved to find that the rules say no more than three to a team. Then he sees that this time Nancy is the one who needs help, and to his own surprise, he pitches in . . . and enjoys it!
In this lively story, the tensions of a big brother-little sister relationship are more than balanced by the underlying bond of affection and loyalty. The engaging animal characters who made their debut in The Saturday Escape discover that a good idea and lots of snow are important, but it’s teamwork that makes a really good snowman.
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Daniel J. Mahoney is a self-taught artist who works in a hospital as an X-ray technician. He lives in Albany, New York, with his wife, Jean, and their son, Ryan.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3–In a simple, tender way, this book captures the frustration, love, and annoyance of being an older sibling. Jack's little sister, Nancy, likes to help with his projects. Unfortunately, her help usually spells ruin. When he and his friends enter a snowman-building contest, Nancy tags along. Jack is relieved when the contest rules forbid a fourth team member, and Nancy sulks off to build her own snowman. When some older boys harass her, Jack leaves his friends and helps her. Even though his former teammates take first prize, Jack feels good about his decision. The acrylic illustrations of the animal characters add humor and tenderness to the already sweet, funny story. Their faces are particularly expressive, and the visual jokes add another dimension to the simple text. This is an enjoyable read-aloud that also lends itself well to independent reading.–Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
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