The Snowman

The Snowman: Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

How did I get it?:
I bought it!


One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling.

He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose… just like the snowman from his favourite story.

That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life!

He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special.


Aw. The Snowman! I absolutely loved the picture book and the movie growing up. It’s still a story that has a very special place in my heart. When I heard that Michael Morpurgo was writing a story inspired by the original story, I was very excited to get my hands on a copy. I really enjoy reading Michael Morpurgo and I knew that he would do well with this story. He really did. It’s such a Christmas classic and Michael Morpurgo’s words really complement this wonderful story.

James wakes up on Christmas Eve to discover a snow covered world outside. He’s super excited to go out and build a snowman. He spends hours building him and showing him off to is family. Later that night, he discovers his snowman has to come alive and they go on a journey together!

It would be heard to beat Raymond Briggs and I don’t think this is the intention with this book. It’s to pay homage to a wonderful classic. I believe that Michael Morpurgo’s story really adds something to the original story. It’s quite faithful to the original story. I did like how nods to the original story were actually mentioned within the story. A nice touch and a reminder that this isn’t Michael’s original story. However, there are some original moments that he has added into the story, which I very much appreciated- especially because it focused on a difference a child had and I think that’s important.

I can imagine that I will read this story next year to my class around Christmas. It’s such a charming, sweet read and they are all so familiar with the original. It will be nice to compare and contrast… and of course, give them an opportunity to watch the movie too! 

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A wonderful take on a magical Christmas story!

Chrissi’s Class Reads #10

I’ve already read 5 books this year with my class. Oops! #sorrynotsorry. This year I have 7-9 year olds, so I’ve been trying to read a range of books with them.

For our class reads (that we read for pleasure) the children always vote for the story they want to hear. We always go with the majority.

Dear Teacher

We read this in our first week. It’s all ridiculous excuses why a boy can’t go to school.

The 13-Storey Treehouse

This was our first class book that we read for pleasure. The children absolutely lapped up this book. They thought it was hilarious and there were many laugh out loud moments.

The Sandwich Thief

This graphic novel went down very well with my class. They really enjoyed it and I loved the illustrations!Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

We studied this graphic novel in our reading time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think the class got a lot from it too.The Worst Witch

We got through this book really quickly! Sadly, most of the boys didn’t love it but I don’t think it’s necessarily a book that’s aimed at boys. We did go with the majority for our vote and some boys had voted for it!

I’m looking forward to seeing what they make of our next books! 🙂 Long may cultivating bookworms continue!

Top Ten Tuesday- Back To School Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s topic is a Top Ten Freebie to do with Back To School. Confession. I schedule these posts in advance and when I wrote this post it was the first day of my Summer holidays. Ha! Really strange to think about going back to school! When this post is published I’m back to work on Monday! Argh…

Here are 10 books that I hope to read to my class this year. My class will between 7-9 years old.

The Boy with the Bronze Axe (Classic Kelpies)

I have read this book before last time I was in Year 3/4. It’s quite heavy going at points, but it’s a good one for a Stone Age/Bronze Age topic.

Stone Age Boy

I think there are so many good picture books out there for older children, so I’m going to try and slip in a few when I can.

Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

I’ve never read this, so I’m intrigued to read it to my class.

The 13-Storey Treehouse

This book is the first one that my class have picked to read as a class book. I’m so excited to explore it with them. I think it’s important that as a class we read for pleasure!

The Invisible Boy

This is going to be great for quieter children. I think it’s going to be a great talking point.

Give Peas a Chance

I am intrigued to try short stories! Children love funny stories so fingers crossed for these ones!

A Child of Books

Here’s another picture book that I can’t wait to explore!


I have enjoyed Anthony Browne’s work before, so I’m intrigued to see this one.

You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!

I have heard such good things about this book! 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading it!

The Sandwich Thief

This book very nearly won our vote, so I’m hopefully going to get around to reading it!

What have you done for the freebie this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!


Top Ten Books I Hope To Read With My Class


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a back to school topic. I decided to write about 10 books that I hope to explore with my class this coming academic year. Just 6 days until we’re back!

I shall be teaching a mixed class this year with ages ranging from 7-9! Here are the books I’m planning to explore with them.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

The Pied Piper Of Hamelin- Michael Morpurgo

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

We are doing a book study on this book in the first three weeks of term. I’m really excited to explore it with them with some really fun activities.

The World’s Worst Children- David Walliams

The World's Worst Children

I have picked this book as our first class book! I’m excited to explore more of David Walliams’ writing!

Stone Age, Bone Age- Mick Manning


I thought this non fiction book would be great for our first topic of the Stone Age!

Ug- Raymond Briggs

Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

Ug is another Stone Age related book which we’ll be studying in the first few months. I haven’t read it before, so I’m excited to read it with them!

The Heart and The Bottle- Oliver Jeffers

The Heart and the Bottle

This is another book that I want to study with them. There’s a lot of opportunity for creative writing!

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish- Neil Gaiman

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

I haven’t read this book, but I can’t wait to read some Neil Gaiman to my new class!

Black Dog- Levi Pinfold

Black Dog

I have heard a lot about this book, but I’ve never read it. I look forward to exploring it with them!

Flotsam- David Weisner


Another one I’ve heard so much about but never got around to reading!

Roman’s On The Rampage- Jeremy Strong

Romans on the Rampage

My old class enjoyed a bit of Jeremy Strong, so I aim to try this one with the new class when we study the Romans.

You Wait Til I’m Older Than You- Michael Rosen

You Wait Till I'm Older Than You!

I love Michael Rosen. I’m trying to read more poetry to my class, so this is the perfect choice!

What did you do for your back to school post this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!