Official Review: The Scary Snow Day by Kyle Derby Pratt

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Official Review: The Scary Snow Day by Kyle Derby Pratt

Post by SamSim » 10 Jan 2019, 10:37

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Scary Snow Day" by Kyle Derby Pratt.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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"Compared to that hill, he was so short and so small; was he brave enough to go? He wasn’t sure at all."
In The Scary Snow Day, children's author Kyle Derby Pratt introduces us to Timmy, a young boy who wakes one wintry morning to find that school has been canceled! Seizing the unexpected opportunity - and his sled - our hero rushes outside to try conquering the huge, snowy hill down the road from his house. Will Timmy's fear prove even larger than that hill?

This book and Timmy are, in a word, adorable. The straightforward, relatable plot will enable children to easily empathize with Timmy. I know I did, especially when he imagines himself dwarfed by the looming hill he hopes to sled down. The ABCB rhyme scheme, with one "stanza" per page, will tickle the ears of young listeners and engage new readers. I think people of all ages can relate to Timmy's waffling between excitement and self-doubt in the face of his goal. On that note, I would suggest a question or two at the end for adults and kids to talk about after reading the book. For example, "Do you sometimes feel like Timmy, afraid to try something? What can you do to squash those fears?"

The best features of Pratt's book, in my opinion, are Lauren Scott's colorful, eye-catching illustrations. Timmy's wistful blue eyes are the reason I felt for him when he gazed longingly out his window, wondering if he could overcome his nervousness. I also appreciate that the large, high-contrast text is smoothly legible against the pictures, which is easier on young (and old) eyes.

All gushing aside, though, The Scary Snow Day needs a proofreader's attention. While I didn't see any misspelled words, I found several errors related to the use (or lack of) commas, hyphens, and ellipses. I feel that impeccable editing is very important in a children's book, as the intended audience is learning correct spelling and punctuation through reading. Also, a couple of the rhymes sounded forced to me, although that may not bother little kids. I did catch one inconsistency in the illustrations: Timmy's room has rocket-ship wallpaper, but on page 10, the rockets are gone, only to reappear on page 11.

These issues forced me to remove a star from my rating, but the book's images, plot, and universal life lesson made me wish I could award it 3.5 stars. Since that isn't an option, I happily give The Scary Snow Day, by Kyle Derby Pratt, 3 out of 4 stars. I highly recommend it to all people who want to encourage the kids in their lives to face challenges with confidence.

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Post by teacherjh » 11 Jan 2019, 11:29

It sounds like a great theme for kids, but I agree the editing needs fixed.

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Post by Jessacardinal » 11 Jan 2019, 18:45

I like your idea about adding discussion topics at the end of the story to create an interactive read for children to discuss with their parents.
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Post by kdstrack » 11 Jan 2019, 21:51

I enjoyed all your gushing! It makes me want to read this book. Timmy sounds like a lovable character. Thanks for the excellent review.

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Post by nonamer_miss » 12 Jan 2019, 01:40

I feel that impeccable editing is very important in a children's book I agree with you. Authors who write children's book should really be careful and see to it that their work is thoroughly edited.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 12 Jan 2019, 08:34

It's such a pleasure to share a beautifully illustrated children's book with little ones. I enjoyed your review and hope the author will make the improvements you suggested.

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Post by SamSim » 12 Jan 2019, 08:46

Jessacardinal wrote:
11 Jan 2019, 18:45
I like your idea about adding discussion topics at the end of the story to create an interactive read for children to discuss with their parents.
Thank you! I just noticed recently that the books my kindergartner borrows from school have questions at the end, so now I wish they all did.
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Post by SamSim » 12 Jan 2019, 08:52

teacherjh wrote:
11 Jan 2019, 11:29
It sounds like a great theme for kids, but I agree the editing needs fixed.
Don't get me wrong - I highly recommend it, but I would be remiss to leave out editing. Thank you for reading and commenting!
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Post by SamSim » 12 Jan 2019, 08:57

kdstrack wrote:
11 Jan 2019, 21:51
I enjoyed all your gushing! It makes me want to read this book. Timmy sounds like a lovable character. Thanks for the excellent review.
It is definitely easy to relate to and root for him. Thank you for reading and replying!
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Post by SamSim » 12 Jan 2019, 09:03

nonamer_miss wrote:
12 Jan 2019, 01:40
I feel that impeccable editing is very important in a children's book I agree with you. Authors who write children's book should really be careful and see to it that their work is thoroughly edited.
This is true. The spelling, however, is perfect in this book - only punctuation was an issue, but I would still read this one to my kids because, overall, it's wonderful. Thanks for reading and commenting!
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Post by SamSim » 12 Jan 2019, 09:07

Cecilia_L wrote:
12 Jan 2019, 08:34
It's such a pleasure to share a beautifully illustrated children's book with little ones. I enjoyed your review and hope the author will make the improvements you suggested.
This book is so uplifting and charming, I wish there was nothing to detract a star. Thank you for reading and commenting!
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Post by Darlynn_Tebogo » 12 Jan 2019, 13:30

This book sounds like a great way to get kids to give words to their inner anxieties and discuss their feelings. Overall, the book sounds like a fantastic read for children.

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Post by SamSim » 12 Jan 2019, 13:38

Darlynn_Tebogo wrote:
12 Jan 2019, 13:30
This book sounds like a great way to get kids to give words to their inner anxieties and discuss their feelings. Overall, the book sounds like a fantastic read for children.
I agree! Thank you for reading and commenting!
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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 12 Jan 2019, 14:16

Just looking at the cover makes me feel that that hill is very scary. The lesson about facing fears is a good one. It reminds me of an idea I had for a book when I was a child, only it was about diving. Unfortunately, I never wrote more than two pages.

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Post by SamSim » 12 Jan 2019, 16:38

ButterscotchCherrie wrote:
12 Jan 2019, 14:16
Just looking at the cover makes me feel that that hill is very scary. The lesson about facing fears is a good one. It reminds me of an idea I had for a book when I was a child, only it was about diving. Unfortunately, I never wrote more than two pages.
You should finish writing it! :D Thanks for reading and replying!
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