Have You Ever Seen A Sneep? by Tasha Pym and Joel Stewart
|Have You Ever Seen A Sneep? by Tasha Pym and Joel Stewart|
|Genre: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath|
|Summary: A hilarious look at a young boy being tormented by a variety of strange critters. The poem cries out to be read aloud and will charm every young child. Warmly recommended. Joel Stewart was kind enough to be interviewed by Bookbag.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: May 2010|
|Publisher: Picture Corgi|
|External links: Author's website|
Ever fallen foul of a Sneep? (No, not Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep). What about a Grullock, Knoo or Loon? One poor little boy tries to go about his daily business, but keeps getting interrupted by these mysterious monsters. You've never heard of them before, you say? He wants to have a word with you then...
I always love a good nonsensical monster, so was hooked right from the get-go. These are silly monsters annoying the little boy, rather than anything that'll cause nightmares. Their names trip off the tongue and cry out to be repeated. Grullock. Grullock. Grullock. It'll get a titter every time - it's a fabulous word. Grullock. I love it. Monster names aside, the vocabulary is clear and accessible. There's a strong sense of rhythm and rhyme throughout, making it a book to cherish reading aloud.
I usually enjoy Joel Stewart's illustrations - they worked really well in Dexter Bexley and Red Ted and the Lost Things. Whilst the actual illustrations are as good as always in Have You Ever Seen A Sneep?, they're presented with a slight washed-out fuzziness that I was less keen on. That gentleness is fine when he's sitting quietly under a tree, but when a Snook is ruining his fun, it takes the edge off it slightly. It doesn't ruin the story, but I did find myself wishing everything was just a bit more bold and crisp, as on the front cover. Toss in a Grullock or two and I'll soon forget all about it. Grullock. Teehee.
Everything else about Have You Ever Seen A Sneep? hits the spot and will have you coming back time and again for a good chuckle. Its quality is such that it'll strike a chord with the youngest book fans, right up to those learning to read for themselves. Warmly recommended.
My thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.
For other strange critters, check out Flanimals: The Day of the Bletchling by Ricky Gervais and Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall. The Dudgeon is Coming by Lynley Dodd is also great fun.
Joel Stewart was kind enough to be interviewed by Bookbag.
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