A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids can learn a lot from this series, which imparts valuable life lessons like social-emotional skills, leadership skills, and conflict resolution through entertaining, action-packed chapters.
In most situations, there can be more than one "winner." Kids can work together to solve complicated problems, while still having a good time. One decision can lead to unintended consequences, so make good decisions.
Positive Role Models
The kids team up as heroes and villains, but they're able to learn from each other. The kids are all super creative and though the two groups are in conflict for much of the story, they do end up communicating and working together to find a positive outcome.
Characters are racially diverse as represented in the pictures with varying skin tones. Characters (and their alter egos) are diverse in other ways, too -- they are queer, from different class backgrounds, neurodivergent, and more, though these are hinted at rather than featured prominently.
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Violence & Scariness
Snowball fights and imaginative shenanigans are the order of the day. No one gets physically injured.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chad Sell's Snow and Sorcery is the final volume in the Cardboard Kingdom series of graphic novels, illustrated by Chad Sell and written by a host of guest contributors. Set during winter break, new kids from across the bridge want to join the Cardboard Kingdom, but the evil Sorceress says not just anyone is allowed in. Will her rule win out; or will new friends be made? Violence is very mild: just snowball fights and friendship conflicts. Themes emphasized in this book include leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and teamwork.
Is It Any Good?
This imagination-fueled romp in the snow is also really thoughtfully constructed for middle grade readers to reflect on friendship, and what it means to follow or lead. Snow and Sorcery's chapters are narrated from different kids perspectives written by seven other contributing authors, which could get confusing, but Chad Sell's lively, expressive art pulls the threads together in a satisfying, unified way. Frequently funny and often heartwarming, Snow and Sorcery will appeal to a wide audience, perfect for any season.
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