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Snow Ghost

Written by Tony Mitton

Illustrated by Diana Mayo

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Snow Ghost Review

Books for Babies and Toddlers Family / Home Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 3+ readers

The perfect picture book for this time of year, a heart-warming celebration of hope and belonging

If ever there was a picture book to be enjoyed in the long winter nights, when there’s a crackle of frost in the air, it’s this one. Snow Ghost comes shimmering out of the air, she soars over hills and woods, darkening as evening draws in, searching for somewhere to settle. Nowhere seems to offer a welcome and she’s lonely and getting tired when on top of a hill she spots a small farm with two happy children in the garden. They all play together in the snow until night falls completely and as the children go in, Snow Ghost settles on the roof, home at last.  Snow Ghost is a magical creation in Diana Mayo’s illustrations, floating across the pages almost not there, yet a tangible presence, and we look down with her on the valleys, fields and quiet little town below. The sense of stillness – then joy and hope – is perfectly captured in Tony Mitton’s text which is as graceful and airy as Snow Ghost herself. A perfect story for this time of year, a celebration of hope and belonging.

Andrea Reece

Snow Ghost Synopsis

Snow Ghost came whispering out of the air, Oh, for a home to be happy - but where? Flying through the swirling, snow-filled skies, Snow Ghost searches for a place to call home, swooping gracefully over the whirling traffic of town, winding her way through the dense, tangled wood and to the top of the blustery hill.

Then on the quiet calm of the moors, she sees a girl and a boy playing. She breathes magic and sparkle into their play until it's time for them to stumble back home to bed. And while shimmers of moonlight cast their glittering light, Snow Ghost curls herself round the roof of the farmhouse. She has found her happy home at last.

A timeless story of hope and belonging, perfect for sharing with loved ones this winter.

Snow Ghost Press Reviews

A unique and magical story about a boy and girl who meet a special winter spirit. The hauntingly lovely illustrations complement the rhyming text beautifully, and they combine to create an unforgettable reading experience! - Storytime Magazine

Mesmerising ... A memorable magical wintry book from cover to cover that's destined to become a seasonal treasure - Red Reading Hub

Snuggle down for this captivating winter tale, beautifully brought to live with illustrations by Diana Mayo. Enchanting! - Sunday Post

Heart-warming ... a wintry tale for children and adults alike. I will be recommending it to every child and parent I know this Christmas - Children's Books Ireland

A charming book with stunning illustrations and lyrical rhyming text ... Magical! - NetGalley Reviewer

Snow Ghost will make winter nights a delight for both children and the adults! - NetGalley Reviewer

Snow Ghost is a charming tale with the underlying theme that home is the best and safest place to be [...] The rhyming verse worked well which when joined with the calming illustrations had a very soporific effect; so it would be perfect for bedtime - Toddle About

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781408876626
Publication date: 14/10/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408876633
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408876626
Publication date: 14th October 2021
Author: Tony Mitton
Illustrator: Diana Mayo
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Festive Fiction
Collections: Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021,

About Tony Mitton

Tony Mitton has been writing since he was 9. He began writing specifically for children while working as a primary school and special needs teacher. He now works full-time as a writer and sometimes performs his poems in schools and libraries and other venues, mainly in the UK. His picture books include Down by the Cool of the Pool (with Guy Parker-Rees) and The Somethingosaur (with Russell Ayto).   He lives in a small house in the middle of Cambridge with his wife and two children, and a cat called Tiggy, who is definitely one of ...

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