Book Review: WDPs Snowball Express

Publisher: Scholastic Book Services

Year: 1980

Pages: 122

Type: Softcover

ISBN: 0-590-30359-7

Riotous fun for everyone – that’s SNOW BIZ!

Snowball Express is a 1972 screwball comedy from Walt Disney Productions that was directed by Norman Tokar. It follows the story of a man who leaves his middle class job to run a hotel left to him by his great uncle. We would have to wait 8 years for this novelization!

The full plot of the movie is far too convoluted to lay down here. But it was a fun ride in the tradition of Disney’s live-action comedies of the 1960s and 70s. Faithful Dean Jones (1931-2015) led the cast with many Disney regulars filling out the supporting roles.

These novelizations are usually condensed versions of the movie they chronicle and are written in a simple style so that even young readers can enjoy them.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a city slicker stuck in an artic environment trying to run a Ski Resort without being able to ski… then this story is for you! Oh. And you don’t have any money.

Harry Morgan (1915-2011) is never the star of these live-action romps but always seems to show up on screen as a rascally character, both good and bad. This performance predated his M.A.S.H. role by three years.

I would give this book a 4 Out of 5 Stars. It does what it sets out to do but offers little beyond the movie itself.

For more paperback fun, check out my review of Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. But beware! There’s a monkey.

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