The Last Snowman

The winner is Lisa!

Every so often, I get the opportunity to write a sponsored post. While I never promote products I don’t like, I am rarely as excited to write about something as I am today. Today, I get to share one of the most fantabulous kids books I have ever read with you. I get to tell you all about The Last Snowman by JC Little. And, if you read all the way to the end of this post, you get a chance to win a copy of this book. image
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve had a major girl crush on JC for years and was thrilled beyond belief when I met her at BlogHer in 2012. Even if all that wasn’t true, I would still tell you about The Last Snowman…it’s that frakking awesome!

The official description of The Last Snowman says

“This afternoon it snowed. It was probably one of the last snows of the winter, so it was lovely sticky snow…perfect for making a snowman.” So begins the funny and poignant tale of a teenage girl and a dangerously tall snowman.

From the kitchen window, a mother watches her teenage daughter build one last snowman in the fresh spring snow. The girl works diligently, and, with some help from her little brother, she constructs a dashing giant. But wet snow and gravity take their toll, leaving a young girl who has perhaps loved and lost for the very first time.

The Last Snowman is a book with timeless appeal for children and adults alike. Award-winning story artist JC Little has playfully captured a “moment” in family life, marking the ephemeral grace between childhood and adolescence.

While this is a wonderful description about a charming book, it still doesn’t capture the magic of JC’s book. Frankly, JC blows me away with her ability to capture so much emotion in so few strokes of her pen pencil whatever the hell it is she draws with. Look at this picture…image You can see the brother’s exuberance. You can see the girl’s frustration with her brother. I can draw but it is nowhere near what JC does. Her style of illustration is spare and elegant and simply charming.

And, the story…well, the story appeals to all ages. I’m 44 and I loved it. All my boys loved it too. Here is what they each had to say… They all loved it. Gabe (8) said he would read it again and he thinks all his classmates would love it. He also thinks his Grandma and Grandpa should read it. Joey (13) says it’s good for beginning readers up through early teens although the teens might not admit to reading it. Marty (16 when he read it) thought it was really cute. I think it’s going to be a permanent addition to our holiday reading list.

I know Joey is right about it being great for beginning readers because Gabe’s teacher was having her students practice reading by reading The Last Snowman on her iPad.

All right, we’re too the really important part of the this post…THE GIVEAWAY. Y’all are so lucky. The giveaway winner is going to get tons of cool stuff…

1) A paperback copy of The LAST Snowman by JC Little. (even if you win the paperback version, you should buy the Kindle version because the story is designed to ‘animate’ in the page flips of Kindle…input from Kristin).

image2) This fabulous mug is inspired by JC’s book and is yours if you win.

3) Boiron is a world leader in homeopathic medicines for the whole family. Since the book is winter-themed and winter is cold and flu season, Boiron is joining the fun and offering swag bags with some of their products – the contents of the prize pack may vary slightly depending on whether you’re in the US or Canada.

4) You’ll also receive a special treat from Dot & Lil – a company that produces luxurious bath & beauty and skincare products with a fresh, young feel, handmade in their Montreal studio. Dot & Lil are designing a custom soap just for The LAST Snowman blog tour – Limited edition “Hot Chocolate Swirl” soap! It’s going to be chocolate scented and will have chocolate soap sprinkles on top, with the book cover design on the label. Fun right? Also included in the Dot & Lil gift bag will be the Shea Rescue Butter for lips and nails.

I hate to limit anything but this giveaway is only open to residents of the US and Canada. I wish it could be otherwise but shipping is just too expensive to send this fabulous swag worldwide 🙁 Also, the giveaway ends on the 27th at 6pm Eastern time.

All you have to do to enter is comment and tell me your favorite winter memory. You can earn a second entry by heading over to JC’s blog, The Animated Woman, read a little, and then come back here and tell me what your favorite post is.

10 Responses to The Last Snowman
  1. The Animated Woman
    February 22, 2014 | 1:57 am

    You honour me Kristin, as do your sons – please let them know I’m grateful for their input. And thanks to you from the bottom of my heart for not only your input on the book before was published, but also for this cherished review.

    Love always, JC.
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  2. a
    February 23, 2014 | 5:30 pm

    My favorite winter memory is walking down the middle of a busy street that was completely deserted due to a major blizzard. I was walking with my dad to the store.

    And I love JC’s blog – I think my favorite is fuqman. Cracks me up every time I think of it!

  3. Lisa
    February 25, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    My favorite winter memory is about 14 years ago, when my husband and I were just dating. He had come over for dinner and we fell asleep while watching movies (after putting my kids to bed, ages 7 and 2). When we woke up, the snow had completely covered everything and he was stuck at my house. The best part was the next morning when we made breakfast together and he took my kids out in the snow and played not only with them, but the 2 girls next door. Poor Jennifer fell in the snow and was completely soaked and Will disappeared when he fell. Hot chocolate was a must. It was just another reason I knew this was the man for me and my kids. He took what could have been a “Oh my gosh, what am I gonna do being stuck here” moment and made it memorable for me and my kids. They know now that when it snows, daddy will be the biggest kid and play with them.

    • Lisa
      February 25, 2014 | 1:38 pm

      I liked the information about the winter tips. never thought about clearing away the exhaust before, but never really thought about us getting more than a dusting before either. Been away from the up-North winters for too long and forgetful. Thanks for introducing me to another wonderful, creative person like yourself, Kristin.

  4. Leslie O'Donnell
    February 25, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    I think my favorite winter memory is of the day, when Jamie was 2+, when he finally pushed through his sensory defensiveness (he has Sensory Processing Disorder) and discovered that snow is FUN!

  5. Leslie O'Donnell
    February 25, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    Oh, and it’s hard for me to pick my favorite Jc post. I am rather fond of the one where she draws out the story of motherhood with an anthropomorphised heart that has come from her chest, even if my husband thinks the mug I have with an image from that story, is as creepy as it is sweet. 😉

  6. Kitterztoo
    February 27, 2014 | 1:10 am

    My favorite memory is when the blizzard of 1978 hit Michigan. I was 8 years old and my mentally challenged sister was 12. We watched the backhoes dig out our driveway and soon realized the snow was way over our heads. We tried to make a snow ladder by carving out “rungs” so we could climb vertically to the top.

    After an hour of digging and shaping the ladder, it was time to climb. Then it dawned on us: there wasn’t anything to grip onto as we climbed. We tried anyway and only succeeded in making the snow crash down into the driveway.

    My father got out the snowmobile and we rode with him to the nearest grocery store. Not a car in sight. My sister and I still talk about that day and how the snow was “several feet” over our heads.

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