The Snowman is a 1980 picture book by English author Raymond Briggs. It was adapted into a 1982 animated film of the same name, which has become a Christmas classic. Written from a child's perspective, the story follows a young boy's journey one winter night as he builds a snowman that comes alive. The snowman then takes the boy on a magical journey to the North Pole, where he meets snow creatures, and even befriends Father Christmas himself. With its beautiful illustrations, whimsical theme, and message of friendship and adventure, The Snowman is a beloved children's classic that continues to delight readers and viewers of all ages to this day.