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The Snow Merchant is fantastic, hugely imaginative and quirky. This new edition features all-new artwork from award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell.

This new edition has artwork from award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell.

Lettie Peppercorn lives in a house on stilts near the wind-swept coast of Albion. Nothing incredible has ever happened to her, until one winter's night, when the night the Snow Merchant comes. He claims to be an alchemist - the greatest that ever lived - and in his suitcase, he carries his newest invention: snow.

'A tale of self discovery, family and friendship...an inventive and accomplished debut' - Independent on Sunday

'A delightful debut...full of action and invention' - The Sunday Times

'A germ of JK and a pinch of Pullman' - TES

Reviews

Old-fashioned storytelling with a rich seam of alchemy and adventure.

Bookseller

A delightful debut...full of action and invention.

Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

Original and gripping with its unpredictable plot and inventive ideas.

Carousel

A very promising debut novel from Gayton, full of fairytale and fun, which should appeal to Lemony Snicket fans.

Sally Morris, Daily Mail

An amazing adventure!

National Geographic Kids

The Snow Merchant is exhilarating, entertaining and original, bursting with ideas.

Books for Keeps, Book of the Month

An extraordinarily fresh piece of story-telling.

Books for Keeps, Best Books for Christmas

One of our key recommends for festive reading. A perfect book to share as a family.

Vanessa Lewis, The Bookseller

A most fantastical story, not dissimilar to Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. One can look forward to more books graced by Tomislav Tomic’s illustrations.

THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

The Snow Merchant is exhilarating, entertaining and original, bursting with ideas.

Books for Keeps, Book of the Month

Wildly imaginative fantasy adventure.

Booktrust

This story is truly original, rich in imagination and charm, and it will captivate readers well above its apparent target group. It's curious, really: how can a book about snow leave such a lasting impression of warmth behind?

The BookBag, 5 stars

The Snow Merchant is astounding in its imagination and creativity. I don't think it will be long before he becomes one of the most treasured children's authors.

Blogcritics

Unique and original (5 stars)

Waterstone's Read and Review

A modern day fairy tale (with) all the classic ingredients which go to make great story-telling - a strong storyline, heroes and villains, a touch of humour and a heartwarming theme.

Parents in Touch

A beautiful modern day fairytale . . . I absolutely loved this story! (5 stars)

Waterstone's Read and Review

Made me want to turn every page. I was very disappointed when it was all over . . .Thoroughly recommended. (5 stars)

Waterstone's Read and Review

I liked this book...it's interesting and enticing. I would recommend the story to ten to thirteen year-olds.

Reviewer, aged 13, Waterstones Read and Review

Grandparents, this is the book to give your grandkids for Christmas - especially if they're coming to stay!

Reviewer, aged 60, Waterstones Read and Review

This book allows you to lose yourself in a world that is just a little different from our own...(it) reminded me of the 'Northern Lights' trilogy.

Reviewer, aged 42, Waterstones Read and Review

An inspiration to all budding writers.

Books for Keeps, Jeremy Becker, Year 6 Pupil

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781783441778

    October 15, 2014

    Andersen

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9781849393348

    November 19, 2012

    Andersen

    288 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Hardback

    9781849393713

    December 1, 2011

    Andersen

    288 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9781849398954

    November 3, 2011

    Andersen Digital

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