“Beware, the Snowman” was an interesting read that I can totally see appealing more to children than adults. The ending was strange enough to get them excited, but adults would question a lot about it.
It starts with Jaclyn moving to the Arctic with her aunt Greta. Jaclyn tries to remember the last verse of a poem she’s been thinking about for a long time, but all she can remember is “Beware the snowman” (Ironic).
Jaclyn lives with her aunt because her mother died when she was young and her dad disappeared.
Once she arrives in the Arctic she notices that everyone has a snowman in their front yard. Two kids tell her the snowmen are to keep the evil snowman away. Conrad, a magical man, protects the evil snowman.
Jaclyn decides to figure this weird myth out for herself and goes exploring the mountains (with 2 other 12-year-olds…in the Arctic….good going Aunt Greta).
Turns out the evil snowman is real. He tells Jaclyn he’s her father and that her mother was murdered by her Aunt Greta. She cursed him into a snowman. Aunt Greta appears out of nowhere to tell Jaclyn the snowman is lying.
Just then, Jaclyn remembers the last line to her poem and the snowman turns into a monster. It wasn’t really her father.
Right when Greta and Jaclyn go to fight the snowman, an army of snowmen come and attack the monster.
Conrad, the magic man, was Jaclyn’s father all along and he used his magic to keep the town safe with a horde of snowmen.
They live happily ever after.
Overall this one was sound for the most part and kids would have a blast at the idea of their snowmen coming to life in their front yards.
5 out of 5