BUY THIS BOOK.
Really. I mean it.
Every once in a while, a new children’s book author emerges who, quite literally, takes your breath away. JC Little, author of The Last Snowman does this and more.
I first met JC at BlogHer in July. Okay, that’s a lie. I didn’t meet her, as much as gawk at her from a distance and admire her from afar. This woman is so talented and so funny that it was hard not to be in awe of her. I don’t think I got up the courage to go over and say hello, and boy, was that stupid. In the last few months, I’ve come to know JC Little as one of the friendliest and unassuming people I’ve ever met.
You probably already know her from her brilliant blog, The Animated Woman, where she captures the hilarity of life as a mother and wife in her whimsical drawings. It’s with this background that she wrote her new book, The Last Snowman.
I’m not going to give you a synopsis, a review or any other description of this magical book. All I will say is that it made me smile a lot and then it made me cry. It also made my mother-in-law cry. Baby G requests it as her bedtime story at night and cuddles it as she sleeps. Miss M and Little Man keep going back to the story to explore the many layers hidden inside.
I had no choice, really, but to set the book to a composition my talented husband, Darren, wrote. Without further ado, here’s The Last Snowman by JC Little, narrated by yours truly and accompanied by the music from Darren’s soul.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tEauqD5Ic8&w=560&h=315]
Reading this book made my children wildly jealous that we, in this sweltering Australian Summer, couldn’t also build a snowman. I decided, weather aside, we would. I discovered that, by combining cornflour and baby oil until it formed a mouldable dough and then freezing it, I had some pretty amazing fake snow. It even has that powdery crunch. I even found myself making my own snowman after the kids went to sleep (shhh, don’t tell).
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