Sunday, 4 January 2015

{Review} Snappy Birthday by Mark Sperring and Laura Ellen Anderson

22524040Posted by Donna
Release Date:  December 18th, 2014
Finished Date: November 23rd, 2014
Publishers: Bloomsbury Children's
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Ages: 3-6 years 
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
One day an invitation
Came to number 24.
It was from a next-door neighbour
Who they'd never met before.

The children can't wait - a birthday party? What fun! But their next-door neighbour is not all he seems. For starters, there's his large snout and very sharp teeth. Not to mention his scaly skin . . . Yes, there's no two ways about it, he's definitely a CROCODILE. Erm, crocodiles don't eat children, do they? 

A riotous romp of a picture book, superbly written by Mark Sperring and brilliantly illustrated by Laura Anderson. Snappy Birthday is the perfect present for any child - whether it's their birthday, or not! 

The Review: Snappy Birthday is an entertaining and fun picture book that will have you laughing out loud. 

When a special invitation arrives at number 24, the children are very excited to see who sent it. And they will find out soon enough because the invite was a party invitation from their neighbour. But once the children arrive next door, dressed in their party wear, they discover that it’s a crocodile and he plans on eating more than just party food for lunch…..

My daughter and I have read a few of Mark Sperring’s picture books and we’ve always come away satisfied and Snappy Birthday definitely hit all the marks for us. It’s highly entertaining with a lovely rhyming story that is not only witty but very well thought out and quiet clever. The story certainly has its funny moments too. 

I noticed that the illustrations appeared to be slightly older fashioned compared to some of the other stories we’ve read lately – like the children’s clothes and the houses – but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the story any less. I think it’s only something an adult might notice as my daughter didn’t. 

In all, we really enjoyed Snappy Birthday and I think many other children and parents will too. 

Thank you to Bloomsbury Books for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 
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