Where Snow Angels Go

By Maggie O'Farrell

Illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini

Have you ever woken up suddenly, in the middle of the night, without knowing why? From the best-selling and award-winning author of Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell, weaves an extraordinary and compelling modern fairy tale about the bravery of a little girl and the miracle of a snowy day.

Sylvie wakes one night, suddenly, without knowing why. Then she sees the most spectacular sight – a pair of wings, enormous in size, made of the softest snow-white feathers imaginable. An angel in her bedroom … a snow angel. He tells her that he is here to look after her, for Sylvie is not as well as she seems... Many months later, as Sylvie recovers from her illness, she longs to see her snow angel again. He saved her life, after all. There is so much she wants to tell him, so much she wants to know. Will he ever come back to her? And how can Sylvie make sure that everyone she loves has their own snow angel, to keep them safe, too?

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406391992
  • Published: 05 Nov 2020
  • Price: £14.99
  • Size: 250 x 210 mm
  • Pages: 72

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Customer reviews


'Maggie O’Farrell’s first children’s venture, a long-read picture book, is a meditation on risk and resilience with beautiful, timeless illustrations from Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini […] The perfect winter story.' The Times & The Irish Times

'This tale addresses children’s fears for themselves, but also their impulse to make others safe. Tender and reassuring, in the images and the text, it feels timely for 2020, but has the magic of such classic Christmas tales as The Snow Queen, The Snowman and It’s a Wonderful Life.' The Sunday Times & The Sunday Times Ireland

'[…] a gorgeous, modern-day fairytale picture book.' The Irish Independent

'A longer length picture book for older children, it has a feel of a contemporary fairytale and a real sprinkle of Christmas magic, enhanced by Terrazzini’s gorgeously detailed art and lavish production values. Fiona Noble also featured Where Snow Angels Go in her introduction calling it one of her two ‘winter treats’ in 2020.' The Bookseller

'‘As perfect as a snowflake. As magical as snow. Maggie O’Farrell has written an instant classic that will live on in the hearts and imaginations of readers.’' M. G. Leonard

'"Beautifully written and gorgeously atmospheric. It's both heart-warming and tear-jerking and has all the tell-tale signs of a future classic. A perfect, magical Christmas story."' Sarah Crossan

'"An enchanting, emotive and magical piece of work that transported me, both courageous and comforting, playful and elegant. It totally conjured up so many feelings and evoked sensation and memory of how it feels to be a child."' Laura Dockrill

'Jaglenka Terrazzini’s glorious and magisterial illustrations steal the show here, though, with the complexities of the relationship between angel and child captured sensitively and unsentimentally at every turn. This beauty should sweep the board as this year’s Christmas gift book.' CBI

'Maggie O’Farrell’s first book for children is just lovely. Crystalline prose, a tender tale, a suspenseful story about where magic meets science. A perfect Christmas book for 5 + with touches of A Wonderful Life.' Amanda Craig

'"Maggie O'Farrell recognises the fears of children, and offers them loving comfort with a story written straight from the heart … and the illustrations are glorious!"' Vivian French

'Where Snow Angels Go is a tender and magical story, told in O’Farrell’s characteristically beautiful, witty prose which is matched perfectly by Daniela Terrazzini’s sweepingly lovely artwork.' Anna James

'Imagine being able to create your own guardian angel. That's exactly what Sylvie does in this lovely picture book by novelist Maggie O'Farrell. She's woken one night by her very own snow angel, who tells Sylvie he will look after her. But she wants to meet him again and make sure everyone gets their own guardian angel. Will she succeed? A triumph.' Woman & Home

'A charming story with luscious illustrations.' Prima

'Featured in ‘The best books to read your children in 2020’' The Independent

'A triumph.' Woman & Home

'Beautifully atmospheric, Where Snow Angels Go is a magical story, full of charm. The artwork is striking, powerfully evocative of winter, perfectly complementing the text. There is a satisfying lyrical quality to the writing which makes the story flow beautifully if read aloud. A perfect story for sharing at Christmas, Where Snow Angels Go would make a wonderful Christmas gift, sure to join the list of annual favourites.' ReadingZone

'The story has all the grace and lyricism of one of Oscar Wilde’s fables, garnished with sublime watercolour artwork by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.' The Financial Times

'Daniela Jaglenka's shimmering watercolours bring an extra layer of magic to O'Farrell's comforting fable, as Sylvie's snow angel wraps his soft wings around her like a blanket when she is ill, or appears as feathery sea foam when the sea overcomes her. This is O'Farrell's first book for children but it is an assured classic.' The Irish Times

'The book bears the elegant poise of O’Farrell’s works for adults, including her most recent novel, Hamnet. Little wonder that the children’s publishing powerhouse Walker Books snapped up the new title.' The Irish Independent

'The lush, sparkling illustrations by Daniela Terrazzini help make this book a truly magical read.' The Irish Independent

'Maggie O’Farrell is one of the UK’s most successful writers. But last year she decided to add a children’s book to her list of credits. Sure enough, it’s an out-and-out winner, […] Illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, this atmospheric fairy tale about kindness, strength of character and the fragility of life will appeal to children of all ages.' Independent

'A beautifully illustrated modern day fairy tale boasting magic, mystery and miracles that is as delightful to hold and look at as it is to read.' The Irish Post

'Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell’s first children’s book carries a subtle message about young people’s fears. The dream-like quality of the breathtaking illustrations enhances this emotive and powerful story.' The Irish Daily Mail

'Maggie O’Farrell weaves resilience and bravery into her elegant debut picture book, Where Snow Angels Go, an unforgettable winter adventure with illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.' The Guardian

'Young and old will enjoy this stunning longer picture book.' My Weekly

'Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini’s ravishing illustrations show us the consolations of imagination; echoes of The Snow Queen and The Snow Man add to the magic of a new classic.' New Statesman

'Where Snow Angels Go is an atmospheric fairy tale by award winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell.' The Daily Express, The Daily Mirror, The Irish Daily Mirror & The Northern Irish Daily Mirror

'An enchanting children's story, full of wonder and mystery, beautifully illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.' Country & Town House

'Featured in Woman’s Weekly ‘Best Book Gifts for Christmas’.' Woman's Weekly

'Featured in an interview with Maggie O’Farrell in Scots Magazine.' The Scots Magazine

'Ideal fireside reading.' The i

'This book is charming, magical and has gorgeous illustrations.' Sunday Express (S Magazine)

'Kids will love the daring protagonist – Sylvie is a young girl not afraid to break the rules, inquisitive enough to push her protector’s limits and defined by her caring nature. Women’s Prize-winning O’Farrell’s debut children’s story is an imaginative tale and a genuine heart-warmer for winter.' BreakingNews.IE

'The illustrations are super nice because they help to show what the snow angels look like. I would 100 percent give it 5 stars and I would recommend it to children between the ages of 7-12 years.' Toppsta

'What a beautiful book! My class, who are year 4, were hooked from the first page! They loved the storyline, beautiful illustrations and the main character was really likeable! It is a lovely, magical story! I imagine they'll all be making snow angels when it snows! A book I'll definitely read every year! My son also enjoyed it! 5 stars!' Toppsta

'Highly recommend this book as one of those special treasured books which just have such a beautiful touch to them that you want to read it and share with lots of children!' Toppsta

'A perfect winter's tale that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, it has stunning illustrations throughout that just immerse you deeper into the story filling you with joy and wonder.' Toppsta

'Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell’s first children’s book carries a subtle message about young people’s fears. The dream-like quality of the breathtaking illustrations enhances this emotive and powerful story.' The Daily Mail & The Scottish Daily Mail

'[…] the perfect embodiment of a Christmas story with soul.' Stylist

'Kids will love the daring protagonist – Sylvie is a young girl not afraid to break the rules, inquisitive enough to push her protector’s limits and defined by her caring nature. Women’s Prize-winning O’Farrell’s debut children’s story is an imaginative tale and genuine heart-warmer for winter.' Syndicated Piece by the Press Association

'Maggie O’Farrell’s first story for children is another wintery treat for the family to enjoy. […] Where Snow Angels Go is an enchanting fairy-tale, weaving together an original premise with gorgeous artwork from Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, offering understanding and comfort to children in all of their hopes and fears.' The Scotsman

'A beautiful book which will bring tears and hope to all ages.' East Devon Resident

'A beautifully written modern fairy tale with a tenacious central character […] The story-telling and imagination in this tale are captivating, the language beautiful and the gorgeous detailed illustrations will delight young readers who will be desperate for ‘that silence, that stillness, that blue tinged light’ that signals a fall of snow so they can get out there and create their own snow angels.' Primary Matters

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