Saturday, December 21, 2019

Review - Snow Globe Wishes

Snow Globe Wishes
by Erin Dealey
illustrated by Claire Shorrock
Date: 2019
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

As the worst snow storm of the year rolls in, one family hunkers down together in a cozy blanket fort for the night. A little girl makes a wish on a snow globe and, in the morning, the sun rises on a winter wonderland--beckoning all outside. And what if, on this snow-filled day, families shake their busy lives and everyone goes out to play? A lyrical holiday story about wishes and community and snow--lots and lots of snow.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Snow Globe Wishes is okay, but it didn't really capture my imagination.

I think part of the problem I had is that the colour palette used in the illustrations leaves the whole book looking muted. Where's the magic? Where's the sparkle? I'm seeing those words in the text, but I'm not seeing them in the pictures.

Basically, there's a big storm and the power goes out. One family hunkers down and eats Chinese takeout and builds a blanket fort. The little girl makes a wish on her snow globe. In the morning, everything's covered in snow (I guess this is her wish come true, but it was kind of a given!) and the kids go outside to play. The adults join them, and soon the whole neighbourhood is holding hands like a bunch of Who-ville Whos while the book talks about peace on earth.

The rhyming text is just okay. I'm struggling to find something to grab on to here, though; there's nothing that really engaged me as a reader, or made me want to continue turning the pages.

Overall, this is a bit lacklustre. Aside from the premise of the blizzard and the family having a fun slumber party because of it, there's really not much here that I haven't seen many times before.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.57 out of 5

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