Laurel, MD: Winter is in full swing. Many parts of the country snow has fallen. As January marches on, more areas are soon to have snow in their forecasts. While many winter books abound, Good Morning, Snowplow! is different. Most snow books talk about playing in the snow, or center around characters who live in and depend on snow. But what about what happens on a snowy night while everyone is asleep?
A book that gives a sense of stillness
Starting off reminiscent of Good Night, Moon, with “Good night, homes, and good night, cars,” the narrative takes you on a rhythmic tour through the quiet night streets with a snowplow as the snow floats down. The story begins with a driver preparing his truck as the first flakes fall. As he drives through town, the words and pictures convey the sense of quiet that comes with nighttime snow.
There is a bit of action mid-story. A car whizzes past the plow too fast and goes off the road. By the end of the book, the snow has stopped. The sun comes up, and the town wakes to clear roads.
For anyone that has driven in a nighttime snowstorm, the imagines will be familiar. The pictures in the book have lovely images painted in tones that contrast against the blues used throughout for the nighttime snow and sky. In some places, this technique truly gives the effect of sky blending into the snowy ground. The plow is the only image to indicate there is a difference.
Until the end of the book, when the snow stops, the images are all covered in pale blue snowflakes stamped over the scene.
Good night, Snowplow! would be a good bedtime story for children the night before predicted snow and are eagerly waiting to find out if there is school the next day. It will also be a big hit with children who love trucks since snowplows are a rarely mentioned big vehicle. In a lullaby type rhyme, it talks about filling the hopper, dropping the plow, windshield wipers and the flashing lights on top.
There is also a tow truck to rescue a car and a train that throws up snow.
Good Morning, Snowplow!, written by Deborah Bruss and illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson, was published by Scholastic Books, through its imprint Arthur A. Levine Books on October 30, 2018. Recommended for ages 0 to 3, it really has appeal for children up to 5. It is available as a hardcover picture book. ISBN: 9781338089493