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Alien Snow
Alien Snow
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Alien Snow

On a winter day, a young boy visits a strange antique shop. The eerie shopkeeper tries to interest the boy in his personal collection of snow globes. The boy is polite, but clearly bored by the objects. Then suddenly, the boy finds himself trapped inside one of the globes, another prisoner in the shopkeeper's collection. The boy must find a way to escape, or remain a trapped forever!

PublisherStone Arch Books
Age Level10-14 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-2
GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count48



Horrortalk blog - James Ferguson

"Over the past few years, comic publishers have lost focus on who their primary customer once was. Right now most comics released are geared towards a teenage to adult audience with only a handful of books appropriate for young readers. This is why it's refreshing to see something like the Good Vs. Evil series from Stone Arch Books. Here we have a short sci-fi / horror comic that's easy to read that parents can feel comfortable reading to or with their kids. This series is set up in such a way to allow — and encourage — multiple read-throughs. Each page is split in half with the top half given a red tint and depicting the "evil" point of view and the bottom half in blue for the "good" story. They can be read together or one and then the other. Alien Snow follows a young boy who sees a trinket in a shop window that catches his eye. He goes in to buy it, but the shopkeeper has something else in mind. He captures the boy in a snow globe and takes him home next to several others like it. It turns out the shopkeeper is an alien and he's collected specimens to bring back to his home world. The boy must now escape his chilly prison or be transported off-world to untold horrors in space. Author Michael Dahl's story relies heavily on the art to explain everything. Several pages go by without any word balloons at all, almost like he's asking the reader to fill in the blanks. The pencils, handled by Roberta Pares, look very similar to that of your average anime series, but work well with the overall tone of the book. Also included in Alien Snow is some behind-the-scenes info on how the book was put together from the script to storyboards to coloring the final page. There's also a section with discussion questions. This is clearly a book that could be easily found in a classroom as it would be perfect for any young reader, especially anyone interested in the creative process. Alien Snow is not for everyone. I'm certainly not its target audience, but I recognize what the company is trying to do and I fully embrace it. If comic publishers continue releasing books only for older audiences, what are they going to do when those people start thinning out? You need new readers and books like this one can get kids interested in the medium early on. It can also do so in such a way as to encourage reading in general." - Horrortalk blog

July 18, 2011

Booklist - Kat Kan

"The ultralow word count (some pages are entirely silent; others have only a word or two of dialogue) and suspenseful action of this title in the new Good vs. Evil series will help lure in reluctant readers." - Booklist

November 15, 2011

Reading All Year Long blog - Sara Thompson

"This is an interesting graphic novel that got me reading it twice just to see how it changed. The concept of the Good vs. Evil line is to have the opportunity to read the story from different perspectives. . . .Reading just one or the other, does give an interesting perspective but leaves out minor details. The thing I liked about that concept is that you could feel a story from the character not the omnipresent narrator, which is common in graphic novels. The story is not very long making it perfect for young readers but the concept of the good vs. evil will appeal to older readers looking for a quick read." - Reading All Year Long blog

September 22, 2011


Denton ISD, Texas - Kellie Vaughan

"The book shows two sides of a story happening simultaneously. Readers can keep track of the two stories because they are color-coded: red for the evil story and blue for the good. There is very little actual vocabulary so students can use their imaginations while reading. Although the reading level is just 3.0, older students could also enjoy this book. The additional features are really well-done.  In addition to author information, there is a visual glossary that shows illustrations from the story.  The author then describes the purpose of the technique and how it is important to the story. There is a section called Visual Questions that are higher order than just recall.  The last section is Creating the Book, which briefly discusses the writing and illustrating process for graphic novels. I think kids would love this book!" - Denton ISD, Texas

January 24, 2013

Journey of a Bookseller blog - Jo Ann Hakola

"What would you do if YOU were captured in a snow globe by an alien? Stone Arch Books, an imprint of Capstone, offered an ebook on Net Galley for review (thanks to you both). The book is available in both hardcover and softcover in your local bookstore now. This is a graphic novel with two different stories in it. One is red, the other story is blue. You can read one at a time, both together, or switch the sequence and read them one at a time again. Each time, you will see something new and look at the story differently. There are questions at the back of the book to make you analyze the stories even more. This is fiction and a fantasy story, but it will make your young one think. Why not buy a copy and see what you both think of how the story was presented and how you each answer the questions..." - Journey of a Bookseller blog

August 13, 2011

Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight, Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher’s Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. Dahl currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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