Abigail and the Snowman continues to be utterly adorable while edging toward heartbreaking. Abigail and Claude, the yeti, are having a great time being friends—-best friends. However, the government agents are still looking for Claude, and he needs to get back to the Himalayas. He explains to Abigail that this is partly to keep her safe and tells her, “you have to be a grown up about this.” She cries for a little while before sitting down to help him figure out how to escape—which may have made me sniffle a little.
Of course, Claude cannot simply walk out the door. Remember the guy who had just finished catching the Loch Ness Monster last issue? The one who was getting his new assignment on the phone? I’m sure no one had any trouble guessing what that assignment is.
Roger Langridge continues to show both the joys of childhood and its griefs. Abigail is wholehearted in her joy and friendship, but this does not make her immune to the difficulties of moving to a strange place and finding a new best friend who is going to have to leave. She is a resilient child, and has to call on all her strengths. She is also a magnificently active character, propelling her story forward through her actions and responses. And there are moments of sheer goofiness—the plight of the first agents, for example, or Claude’s behavior in the classroom. It’s a lovely story.
Langridge is keeping the art in Abigail and the Snowman childlike and direct, with a friendly, rounded yeti, clearly drawn and expressive faces, and minimal backgrounds. This gives the book an approachable feel and tells the story clearly.
This is an all-ages book aimed more at the younger crowd but still enjoyable by adults.
Abigail and the Snowman came out February 25, 2015 from KaBOOM!
Writer, Illustrator, and Letterer: Roger Langridge
Colorist: Fred Stresing
Cover: Roger Langridge with colors by Fred Stresing
Designer: Jillian Crab