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From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling How to Catch series comes a new winter adventure! Our heroes' entry for the snowman contest has magically come to life—and ran away! Can YOU help catch it? Get ready for snow much fun as you travel through a winter wonderland with running, skating, and bouncing through trap after trap to catch the snowman and claim the winni From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling How to Catch series comes a new winter adventure! Our heroes' entry for the snowman contest has magically come to life—and ran away! Can YOU help catch it? Get ready for snow much fun as you travel through a winter wonderland with running, skating, and bouncing through trap after trap to catch the snowman and claim the winning prize. Will the snowman teach our heroes a lesson they'll never forget? Who snows! I don't thumpity-thump or give warm hugs— that's for my snowman friends to do. Clever kids will try to trap me, but who will catch me...YOU?


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From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling How to Catch series comes a new winter adventure! Our heroes' entry for the snowman contest has magically come to life—and ran away! Can YOU help catch it? Get ready for snow much fun as you travel through a winter wonderland with running, skating, and bouncing through trap after trap to catch the snowman and claim the winni From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling How to Catch series comes a new winter adventure! Our heroes' entry for the snowman contest has magically come to life—and ran away! Can YOU help catch it? Get ready for snow much fun as you travel through a winter wonderland with running, skating, and bouncing through trap after trap to catch the snowman and claim the winning prize. Will the snowman teach our heroes a lesson they'll never forget? Who snows! I don't thumpity-thump or give warm hugs— that's for my snowman friends to do. Clever kids will try to trap me, but who will catch me...YOU?

30 review for How to Catch a Snowman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    This was a cute holiday read for my children. They loved it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Gross

    I'm annoyed by this book for a few reasons, but mostly because of its blatantly derivative nature and lack of imagination. This books makes a reference to Frozen while having nothing to do with the movie or with Disney, and it also references Frosty the Snowman, both more popular and interesting versions of the living snowman concept. This one just runs away from children while they try to trap him. It's dull, its repetitive, it is deeply lacking in imagination, and if I was a kid I would be ins I'm annoyed by this book for a few reasons, but mostly because of its blatantly derivative nature and lack of imagination. This books makes a reference to Frozen while having nothing to do with the movie or with Disney, and it also references Frosty the Snowman, both more popular and interesting versions of the living snowman concept. This one just runs away from children while they try to trap him. It's dull, its repetitive, it is deeply lacking in imagination, and if I was a kid I would be insulted if someone gave me this book. I was also annoyed that after reading this book I couldn't even put it on Goodreads because it wasn't there, so I had to create a listing for it just so I could record the fact that I read and disliked this book. The illustrations are ok.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn (Nine Pages)

    Review originally published on my blog, Nine Pages . This story plays with modern, living snowman “lore,” specifically referencing without naming Frosty of Rankin and Bass’ movie and Olaf of Disney’s Frozen. That was almost my favorite and least favorite part of the book—the references to other snowmen. The midnight snow star is new. The flying is new too. Why the kids want to catch a snowman is never really addressed; though it says in Goodreads’ description that the kids have built him for e Review originally published on my blog, Nine Pages . This story plays with modern, living snowman “lore,” specifically referencing without naming Frosty of Rankin and Bass’ movie and Olaf of Disney’s Frozen. That was almost my favorite and least favorite part of the book—the references to other snowmen. The midnight snow star is new. The flying is new too. Why the kids want to catch a snowman is never really addressed; though it says in Goodreads’ description that the kids have built him for entry into a contest, I did not pick up on that in reading through the text; maybe if I examined the illustrations more carefully I would have done, but I often read these upside down for the first or second time. The kids’ traps all fail. The snowman is never caught but he creates a larger than life, snow trophy for them—which makes more sense if the kids’ first ambition had been to win a trophy. Some of the rhyming seemed forced, and I’m not overly fond of the direct address to the audience format.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    HOW TO CATCH A SNOWMAN is a picture book that speaks from the perspective of a snowman as children try to catch him. Unlike other books in the series, a snowman isn't really mythical, and instead, it tries to play on mythical snowmen like Frosty and Olaf. However, it falls a little flat for me and the traps seem a bit forced, with a couple of them being things that should appeal to the snowman like fruits and veggies (maybe because they can make noses?). The illustrations are great with lots of c HOW TO CATCH A SNOWMAN is a picture book that speaks from the perspective of a snowman as children try to catch him. Unlike other books in the series, a snowman isn't really mythical, and instead, it tries to play on mythical snowmen like Frosty and Olaf. However, it falls a little flat for me and the traps seem a bit forced, with a couple of them being things that should appeal to the snowman like fruits and veggies (maybe because they can make noses?). The illustrations are great with lots of color and cute children. The storyline was a bit disappointing as it seemed to generally fall flat. It's not clear why they were trying to trap the snowman as they are not so elusive and can easily be made (vs the other books in the series with mythical creatures). Overall, I do give it some stars for the illustrations, which are high quality, but the storyline and writing fall a little flat. I would skip this one and go for others in the series! Please note that I received a review copy through Sourcebooks Early Reads. All opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carina

    I'm 4 and got this book for Christmas from my great-grandma. I liked this book so much that as soon as my mom finished reading it to me, I told her to read it to me again. My mom, on the other hand, thought it was rude and a bit sneaky for the authors to refer to Olaf, and she thought the book was too difficult for little kids to understand. Much of what happens is told through the pictures rather than the text, and it really didn't explain why the kids were trying to trap the snowman or why he I'm 4 and got this book for Christmas from my great-grandma. I liked this book so much that as soon as my mom finished reading it to me, I told her to read it to me again. My mom, on the other hand, thought it was rude and a bit sneaky for the authors to refer to Olaf, and she thought the book was too difficult for little kids to understand. Much of what happens is told through the pictures rather than the text, and it really didn't explain why the kids were trying to trap the snowman or why he was running away. I guess that's what the series is all about, but the text wasn't that well done to pull the concept off. Leprechauns and tooth fairies are things one might try to catch, but snowmen? Just a ploy to sell holiday-themed books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan Schmelzer

    Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer www.openbookreviews.org Adam Wallace's and Andy Elkerton's How-To stories are always super cute, and their holiday version, How to Catch a Snowman, definitely fits right in with the rest of these fun stories. The focus of How to Catch a Snowman is centered around a group of children that are making trap-after-trap in their efforts to catch a snowman on the run. No matter what they do, they cannot seem to stop the runaway snowman. Your little readers will enjoy re Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer www.openbookreviews.org Adam Wallace's and Andy Elkerton's How-To stories are always super cute, and their holiday version, How to Catch a Snowman, definitely fits right in with the rest of these fun stories. The focus of How to Catch a Snowman is centered around a group of children that are making trap-after-trap in their efforts to catch a snowman on the run. No matter what they do, they cannot seem to stop the runaway snowman. Your little readers will enjoy reading along as they see this cleaver snowman outwit every trap the children set for him. They will also enjoy the crazy ideas the kids try to stop the snowman that is totally on the loose.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Michael

    How to Catch a Snowman is a cute little book. Told from the perspective of a snowman trying to evade capture by a group of kids, it has nice rhythm and some clever comparisons to other famous snowmen in popular culture. My son read this one before me and immediately reported that this title took a few jabs at Frosty and Olaf, but the story certainly stands on its own and makes for a great winter's night bed time tale. How to Catch a Snowman is a cute little book. Told from the perspective of a snowman trying to evade capture by a group of kids, it has nice rhythm and some clever comparisons to other famous snowmen in popular culture. My son read this one before me and immediately reported that this title took a few jabs at Frosty and Olaf, but the story certainly stands on its own and makes for a great winter's night bed time tale.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Viviane Elbee

    In this book, a clever snowman (who is not Frosty the snowman, nor Olaf), evades capture. The kids build elaborate and imaginative traps for him, but each time, the snowman wiggles free. It has an enjoyable ending which I found a little different than previous how-to-catch books that I have read in the series. I did like how the author alludes to Frosty the snowman and Olaf in this story, without mentioning either by name.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jiffy

    This really just feels like a money grab. "How can we make money at Christmas?!? I know, let's spend 5 minutes writing a book based on an established formula with nothing interesting to add, bad rhyming and half-assed illustrations and then just sell it as a Christmas exclusive!" Not impressive at all. This really just feels like a money grab. "How can we make money at Christmas?!? I know, let's spend 5 minutes writing a book based on an established formula with nothing interesting to add, bad rhyming and half-assed illustrations and then just sell it as a Christmas exclusive!" Not impressive at all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yaritza

    I loved the illustrations. The illustrations were adorable and colorful. A snowman is created by a group of children for a contest. A snowman usually comes to life with a hat, but in this book he comes to life with a snow star. Which many have posted that it references Olaf from Frozen. The children create many funny traps to try to catch the snowman. He was so smart that he beat them at their own game. At the end they never catch him, but he leaves them an amazing gift. Overall, the book is cut I loved the illustrations. The illustrations were adorable and colorful. A snowman is created by a group of children for a contest. A snowman usually comes to life with a hat, but in this book he comes to life with a snow star. Which many have posted that it references Olaf from Frozen. The children create many funny traps to try to catch the snowman. He was so smart that he beat them at their own game. At the end they never catch him, but he leaves them an amazing gift. Overall, the book is cute. Received the book from Sourcebooks early reads to give an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kesha K.

    I received this as a review copy from Source Books. This book is so adorable! The illustrations are impeccable and the story line cracks me up. The children are trying to catch a snowman so they can enter a contest for school, but this particular snowman is full of antics and doesn’t want to be caught!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    This one is going right into the donation pile. Why? In our house we don't keep books that aren't entertaining to both the child as well as the adult doing the reading. This one definitely didn't live up to the requirement. This one is going right into the donation pile. Why? In our house we don't keep books that aren't entertaining to both the child as well as the adult doing the reading. This one definitely didn't live up to the requirement.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Fun book on how the kids are trying to catch the snowman. They are creative but he always escapes their traps. I enjoyed this. A good book for a small child. The creativeness of the traps are wonderful. The illustrations are gorgeous.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sam Bakunzi

    Illustrations are the only reason for the three stars I'm giving. I payed $10.00 for this book for my boys and after two pages they were bored. So was I. It didn't rhyme or anything. But the pictures were good I will give credit where it is due. But the story seemed lacking and thrown together. Illustrations are the only reason for the three stars I'm giving. I payed $10.00 for this book for my boys and after two pages they were bored. So was I. It didn't rhyme or anything. But the pictures were good I will give credit where it is due. But the story seemed lacking and thrown together.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Brooks

    I loved the reference to frozen. I like the books that are told from whatever the kids are trying to catch better. This happens to be told from the snowman. It was cute and has familiar phrasing in it from Frosty.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Raised glitter lettering on front cover. The children are setting traps for the snowman throughout. Rhyming lines, bright colors and fun illustrations. Perfect for ages 4 and up. I received a copy from Sourcebooks early review program.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Lessons on how to Catch a Snowman This is part of a series on how to catch something. This version is on how to catch a snowman. I haven't read the others so I don't know how the other versions are. I didn't find this one on catching snowmen that cute. it was ok. Lessons on how to Catch a Snowman This is part of a series on how to catch something. This version is on how to catch a snowman. I haven't read the others so I don't know how the other versions are. I didn't find this one on catching snowmen that cute. it was ok.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    7 y/o loved it I, mom to T, always let’s him date the books himself after we read together. Honesty is the best policy and he gives this a 5! It’s a cute escape book, just like the rest! Perfect for your kindergartener or first grader!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily Gayle

    Not happy with this book. It did not give a happy joyful Christmas feeling when reading it. When the kids made the snowman they just wanted to play and it was not that snowman’s desire to have anything to do with the children that made it. Pass for reading it to my kids.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Anderson

    Not bad!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marcie

    Couldn’t finish it as the rhymes we too forced for my taste.

  22. 4 out of 5

    jason

    This a horrible book. The writing is poor and the message is rude spirited to the kids depicted in the book. It seems as if this being a Black Friday special by Barnes and Noble is a way to dump it

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Read this to a group of 3 and 4 yo. They seemed to like it ok. While I got all the references to Frosty, I am not sure they did. The illustrations were nice and the kids enjoyed the different traps.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Cute winter story that my PreK class loved! Looking forward to checking out the other books in this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    A snowman escapes the traps in this book by Wallace. He cleverly evades their lures and leaves them a fun gift at the end.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Cute story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Perfect for winter My students loved this book and I loved reading it! Very flowy and perfect fun. Has some hidden gems. Awesome.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Bishop

    The kiddos loved this book today in class!! :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cyndy

    What are some of the things you can try, if you want to catch a snowman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Swanson

    This was a cute book! My daughter loved it and she really liked the illustrations! Would recommend.

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