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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A SNEEP? by Tasha Pym Kirkus Star


by Tasha Pym and illustrated by Joel Stewart

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-374-32868-9
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In this deliciously silly rhyming read-aloud from Great Britain, a boy asks readers if they’ve ever had their picnics pinched by a Sneep or their peaceful reading time ruined by a deafening Snook or “Surely you’ve spied a Floon and thought, / ‘Of all the curious things!’ / Gone in to take a closer look… / and discovered that it springs?” He is surprised each time the reader’s answer seems to be no (“Not ever?” “What?!”) and decides if the readers’ lives are truly so trouble-free, “I’m coming to live with you!” (Unbeknownst to him, the pesky creatures are right on his heels.) Stewart’s soft watercolors are thoroughly charming, and the intrusive beasts in their old-timey get-ups are comical and only borderline creepy, from the bulky, pink, bald, bespectacled Sneep (in her pointed shoes and yellow, polka-dotted dress) to the hippo-like Grullock with cauliflower and spider influences and the tiny, tutu-sporting Floon. The elegantly spare composition, clean design and few words perfectly suit the call-and-response format. Giggles are guaranteed. (Picture book. 3-7)