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The Snow Merchant by Tomislav Tomić, Sam Gayton

mandyist's review against another edition

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5.0

If you haven't already discovered the brilliant children's publishing group Andersen Press, then now is the time to do it. I have read 8 of their books this year and they are all absolutely brilliant. These are books that will stimulate young minds, making them challenge the world around them and inspire them to embark on incredible adventures.

Quite simply, I was astounded by the depths of author Sam Gayton's imagination and inventiveness. If you know anyone in the 9-11 age group, buy them this book!

From my review: "One windy and treacherous winter's night, a man with blue teeth and an icicle beard arrives at the inn. Claiming to be the Snow Merchant, he turns pebbles into shillings and tells Lettie that she is his customer. Lettie has no idea what snow is but she is quite certain that she can't afford it.

And so begins a wonderful tale of alchemy, intrigue and the creation of snow. Featuring a boy with a stalk growing from his shoulder, a woman composed of air and a pigeon fashioned from clay, The Snow Merchant is astounding in its imagination and creativity. At times it reminded me of the works of Enid Blyton or Philip Pullman but I am certain that I have never read anything quite this inventive before.
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Read the full review on Addicted to Media: Book Review: The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton

ivanamn's review against another edition

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4.0

Sem Gejton dobro poznaje bajkovnu strukturu, ili možda bolje da kažem strukturu monomita, i dosledno je se pridržava - roman je građen po home & away modelu. Ali bilo bi dosadno da je samo na tome ostalo, u svakom slučaju ne za 4 zvezdice (ili možda ipak 3? lomim se). Sreća pa je pisac pustio mašti na volju i dobro nam poznati model osvežio maštovitim zapletom (alhemija!) i simpatičnim likovima te njihovim odnosima (odlična je dinamika između Leti i Blistava i Leti i Noe). Jedino mi nešto nisu legle glavne negativke, ali nek ostane na tome.

noodles01's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

kibble97's review

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adventurous funny hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

piperbunny's review against another edition

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5.0

An absolutely fantastic children's adventure book. Join Lettie Peppercorn solving the mystery of family, friends and snow! This book will leave you feeling as cold as ice, so make sure you have some warm tea or soup nearby!

The only thing I want to know is, what happened to Noah? I loved the epilogue at the end, and I want to know more about this family and what they get up to next.

A very imaginative story, can't wait to see what the author publishes next!

traditionson's review

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4.0

I highly enjoyed the book, I found it interesting and very imaginative. Whilst alchemy is just a theory in our world they have it down. I loved some of the characters but wish that there had been a little more information about the whalers that followed them. They appeared often but often as an aside despite the books drama not being plausible without them. A very recommended read despite that.

drskdsrihari's review against another edition

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5.0

Well ,it is time to make way for Lettie peppercorn ,an impulsive ,independent teenager who is capable of taking care of herself and her father.I love fairytales and magical realism and fantasy and I still collect young adult and kids fiction which takes my fancy.This was a wonderful read ,humorous ,adventurous and never a boring moment throughout the ride.It is about Lettie 's search for her mama and the characters she meets along the way ,all of them crazy and messed up😂.,except of course Noah because you see ,Noah is Lettie's first friend and the only person in the whole world who understands and believes in her and that is a very important fact and indeed it is.So does Lettie find her mother and who is this snow merchant after all? Well if you love magic and believe in the power of love and friendship ,do read the book and find out.

simplyitsblue's review

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4.0

I read this to my young cousin who was trying to improve her english. For some reason, while I was helping her read this and me reading it to her for her bedtime story, I've kinda grown addicted to it... It's a serious easy book to read that I flew through it. I sometimes ''accidentally'' gave spoilers to my cousin since I was ahead of her (she was annoyed at me for that). It's been, I don't know, ages since I read a book to her, but I enjoyed reading it with my cousin :) It was a fun reading, even if this was a child book.
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