Book Review: Snappy Birthday written by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

21st November 2014 No Comments

One day an invitation 
Came to number 24
It was from a next-door neighbour
Who they’d never met before

As soon as I started reading this book to the children at bedtime I knew that I would love the flow of the text. The extract above gives you a flavour. Its a wickedly slightly sinister take on scary neighbours and provides plenty of talking points which we really enjoyed. The basic premise of the story is that the children are invited to a birthday party from a neighbour who turns out to be a crocodile with his own reasons for inviting them. As you can imagine its a superbly written book with lots of style and a great ending. We loved it.

A picture book is nothing without its illustrations and Laura Ellen Anderson has done a superb job with Snappy Birthday producing some stylish colourful drawing which really capture the essence of the story and childhood. I loved the illustrations of the children, in particular their expressions. From this we actually did a little project at home on how to draw emotions on faces, so many thanks to Laura for that!

The paperback copy of Snappy Birthday is out on 15th January from Bloomsbury at £6.99 and is well worth a pre-order. You can find out more here.

Disclosure: We were sent a review copy

Claire Walsh

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