Halloween with Snowman Paul

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 06/10/2017
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Author Biography

Yossi Lapid is the author of the award winning Snowman Paul picture book series. Lapid has three adult children and he lives with his wife Susan in New Mexico.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Halloween with Snowman Paul is a holiday-themed children’s picture book written by Yossi Lapid and illustrated by Joanna Pasek. Halloween is a magical time indeed, but there’s something about Snowman Paul that makes the holiday even more exciting. There’s a big old tree with a brightly lit treehouse perched on its side. Wooden steps form a rising circle around the tree’s sturdy trunk until the intrepid explorer finally reaches the front door. But who will dare to even approach that treehouse? At every step, a dire warning is posted about the dangers that lurk within. One warning hints of creatures from outer space. The second cautions the unwary about the bubbling green potion that can turn a boy or girl into a mouse. There are spiders, black cats, grouchy ghosts and dragons galore that defend the treehouse, but anyone who does get past the warning signs and enters that cheerful, lighted room inside may receive the most pleasant of surprises.

My eyes lit up when I discovered Yossi Lapid’s children’s picture book, Halloween with Snowman Paul. You see, I’m one of Snowman Paul’s biggest fans. Lapid and illustrator Joanna Pasek have worked together to create some of the most imaginative and beautifully illustrated picture books I’ve come across. At first, I wondered how Snowman Paul would escape the limitations of the season and be able to entertain us in late fall, but then I remembered that Halloween is, after all, magical. I loved the build up of suspense as the boy approaches each of the four warning signs, and I found myself beaming with delight as he encounters aliens and their space ship and the other delightful, if spooky, creatures that bar his way to the treehouse. Pasek’s watercolors are beyond inspired; they glow and offer a wealth of detail to delight and astonish the reader. Her use of washes to create the sky and that incredible full moon is inspired and masterful, and the warm welcoming smile of Snowman Paul tops it all. Halloween with Snowman Paul is a marvelous way to introduce the holiday to youngsters during a story time session. The easy-to-read font and simple vocabulary also make this book a perfect first primer for young readers. Halloween with Snowman Paul is fabulous and spooky fun, and it’s most highly recommended.

Ashley Tetzlaff

Yossi Lapid’s new book, Halloween with Snowman Paul, is guaranteed to send chills and thrills along your spine in this deliciously spooky tale. Follow the adventures of Dan and his snowman as they celebrate a holiday full of ghosts, witches, pumpkins, dragons, and much more! The illustrations by Joanna Pasek really bring the story to life and the childish joy on the characters' faces can help the “horrendous” threats seem not quite so bad (threats such as abduction by aliens, being turned into a mouse by a witch, chased by a ghost, etc.). So if you would like a book that is scary but not too scary for your four to six-year-olds to read this Halloween, you have found the right one.

Halloween with Snowman Paul is the sixth book in the Snowman Paul series by Yossi Lapid. The delightfully charming cover art by Joanna Pasek captured my eye, and her illustrations definitely carried the story through. The story encourages children to have fun on Halloween and embrace, even push past their fears surrounding this spookily entertaining day. Perfect for a traditional Halloween night bedtime story. Your children can feel like they were “scared” without it being so bad that they need to sleep with the lights on. Are the “scary guys” Dan and Snowman Paul’s friends who were just playing Halloween-inspired games? The book ends with everyone sharing candy and it all ends happily ever after. Great book for your family’s collection! (Or to donate to your local library around October.)

Rosie Malezer

Halloween with Snowman Paul is an illustrated children’s book, written in rhyme by Yossi Lapid and illustrated by Joanna Pasek. As a young boy ascends to a tree house, he finds many warnings posted on the tree on the way up to the door, warning of the danger of dragons, witches and and various other evils lurking about, waiting to cause mayhem to all who continue their ascent to the front door. Each warning becomes spookier than the last, until finally the guest makes it to the top of the stairs and is greeted by the most unexpected sight.

Yossi Lapid’s tale of the fun and hi-jinks of a child’s Halloween party is well written, with glorious illustrations to accompany each and every verse. I do like how the warning of each poster on the tree is accompanied by the spooky thoughts that go through the minds of those who continue their arduous trek to the front door, regardless. Each of the characters has dressed up in costume, each aligning themselves with the characters written about in the warnings, so the guest isn’t sure whether they will be welcomed or will meet their doom. While Halloween Trick-or-Treating is not a global activity, it is portrayed as a fun and delightful evening for children who pick up this fun tale, reading about all of the ghouls and goblins which might be about, ready to grab you when you least expect. I found myself smiling at the end of Halloween with Snowman Paul, and recommend it to all young readers, or for youngsters to have it read to them by their parents or siblings, showing exactly how much fun you can have at Halloween when you let your imagination get to work.

Jan Brydon

Yossi Lapid has done it again! Our now-beloved characters, Lapid's inspired (rhyming) storytelling and Joanna Pasek's lovely illustrations are back just in time to help us celebrate Halloween with our favorite young readers.

Terry Canup

Leave it to Yossi Lapid to stretch us beyond the usual Halloween suspects of ghosts and witches. Space aliens and dragons are recruited into the time-honored tradition of scaring children on Halloween. This is not a book to scare children with, but rather to celebrate sharing a holiday with friends. I'll be glad to have my grandchild learn about Halloween with this book.

Rorie Measure

Halloween with Snowman Paul is the perfect October read-aloud to prepare young children for the potentially frightening costumes, decorations, and parties they are likely to encounter during the month.
Halloween with Snowman Paul is the latest book in Yossi Lapid’s Snowman Paul series, and arguably the most fun tale yet. As with all of the previous Snowman Paul stories, this one is written in light verse. The entire story is a clever invitation to a Halloween party in a tree house. A series of warnings lures the reader into Halloween festivities. Joanna Pasek’s delightful illustrations are reassuring accompaniments to the slightly scary text and the combination is deliciously funny.
For emerging readers, this book is a perfect independent read for a child at the second grade level, a read-together book for a first grade reader.

Sylvia Ortiz

My grandson and I are quite fond of Yossi Lapid’s Snowman Paul series, but this last one, “Halloween with Snowman Paul” is a whole lot of fun! We especially like the Warning Signs and how the main character is given a chance to turn back should it become too scary. Also, the repetitive “But if you do, we’re warning you” is fun to say together and use our loud voices. It’s become our chant of sorts. As in all the Snowman Paul books, the rhymes and the illustrations come together to create very entertaining and visually enjoyable books. I also try to find good readers that show diverse cultures, and Snowman Paul and his pals are great examples. Yossi Lapid seems to have a never ending imagination!