Please welcome Mark Smythe, author of The Snowman’s Revenge to One Book Shy as he tells us how the book came about.
Why I Wrote the Book
religious man is on top of a roof during a great flood. A man comes
by in a boat and says “get in, get in!” The
religious man replies, “No, I have faith in God, he will grant
me a miracle.”
Later, the water is up to his waist and
another boat comes by and the guy tells him to get in again. He
responds that he has faith in God and God will give him a miracle.
With the water about chest high, another boat comes to rescue him,
but he turns down the offer again because “God will grant me a
With the water at chin high, a helicopter
throws down a ladder and they tell him to get in, mumbling with the
water in his mouth, he again turns down the request for help, stating
that a miracle of God will save him yet.
arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to Peter,
“I thought God would grant me a miracle and I have been let down.”
Peter chuckles and responds, “I don’t know what you’re
complaining about, we sent you three boats and a helicopter.”
I’m even lucky enough to be invited to the gates of heaven, I
didn’t want St Peter to say to me: “Hey Mark, we sent you some
pretty good ideas, like that snowman book thing. Why didn’t you do
anything with that?”
it was something that just HAD to be done. Despite the time and all
of the work and the ongoing expenditures and all of the seemingly
endless efforts required, it ……. just …….. had …….. to
……… be ……… done ………., regardless.
it was great fun and thoroughly enjoyable and a great learning
experience, as well.
when I see the smiles on little faces, like when I read it to a
classroom at our local elementary school, it certainly makes it all
very much worthwhile.
Smythe resides in a small, rural town located in the beautiful
Southern geography of Western New York State. It is a lovely and
quaint agricultural community, just South of Buffalo, New York.
and his two children, Cassandra and Alexander, live on a picturesque,
turn-of-the-century farm complete with a charming old white
farmhouse, quaint red barns and wooden pasture fences.
is an Interior Structural Fire Fighter with a local Volunteer Fire
Department, and also works in the field of Bio-Oncology Diagnostics.
AUTHOR:Mark Smythe, illustrations by Mike Motz INFO:Paperback, Fiction, 44 pages PUBLISHED:Mark Smythe, 2008 SOURCE:Received from Publisher for Review
FROM GOODREADS: If you were left out in the cold snow all by yourself, would you be mad? Of course you would! Well, this snowman is out for revenge, especially after he sees those kids in the nice warm house, eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate! So, let’s see what happens in this delightful story, nicely flowing with rhymed verse, beautifully illustrated and quite humorous indeed. So lovable, it’s sure to be an instant favorite and a timeless classic with “kids” of all ages.
MY TAKE: This is the perfect book for reading to the younger crowd or having them read it back to you. It is the story of a disgruntled snowman who is left out in the cold while the kids are having fun inside without him. He sees them enjoying the warm house and even warmer cocoa that Mom makes and starts to get a little upset. As he plots his revenge, nature takes its course and… you will just have to read the book for the rest.
A delightful tale that is a quick and easy read. The illustrations are bright and colorful and are a perfect match to the rhythm of the story. I think it would be a fantastic gift for the whole family this holiday season. (I do caution against reading it to the really young as the snowman is a little bit scary when he’s mad.) Recommended for ages 4 and above.
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