Author/Illustrator: Ned Young
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Zoomer's Summer Snowstorm was a great book for me to find on a day that is in supposed to be 95 degrees Fahrenheit and very humid here in the Peach State. I only wish I could have as much imagination as Zoomer does!
What starts out as a small snowcone ends up an entire empire called Zoomartica plus an amusement park. Zoomer and his family are soon enjoying hot chocolate and chili in the middle of the hot summer.
Ned Young's illustration are impressively detailed. All of Zoomer's snow sculptures look real. All but two of the pages (that show Zoomer inside the house) include a monarch butterfly that is fun to find. Painting with rich colors allows Ned Young to transform the silly into the spectacular. I dare say they will make you (as the parent) laugh, too.
One specifically positive element is that Zoomer is careful to clean up after his play without his mother needing to tell him to.
So put on your mittens, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and curl up with Zoomer's Summer Snowstorm.
What's your favorite game to play in the snow?