Snip Snap by Mara Bergman

Snip Snap

Written by Mara Bergman
Illustrated by Nick Maland

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Snip Snap by Mara Bergman

Reminiscent of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, this text is an absolute delight to read aloud, enabling a child audience to really join in. An alligator is creeping up the stairs, slithering down the hall and swishing and swooshing its tremendous tail and the children are very scared. Until they decide they've had enough of all this scary alligator stuff! And they banish him back from where he came. Beautifully designed and illustrated this book is a real treat!


PRAISE FOR YOU'VE GOT DRAGONS - illustrated by Nick MalandMy favourite picture book of the year - The Glasgow HeraldRemarkable - The Sunday Times This terrific edge-of-your-seat read-aloud will have young listeners holding their breath as the alligator gets closer and closer, licking his lips. * The Bookcase of Wanzata, Minnesota, USA * An infectious chime-in makes this the spunkiest read-aloud we've found in a long time. * Halfway Down the Stairs, Michigan USA * To accompany this lively text, Maland creates pictures that not only mirror the writing, but also offer humor and fun on each page... Reading this picture book aloud is great fun for the reader and listener. * Parents

* ...for its youthful audience it becomes a gripping saga of danger and heroism; children dealing with their own imaginary monsters may benefit from a few storytimes with this lively teaching tale. * Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. 2005 * One of CCBC Choices for 2006 (Cooperative Children's Book Center's annual best of the year list. ) * CCBC * ....extremely well written and well designed picture book which will be relished by both young children and the adults who share it with them. * Carousel * While Bergman's rhythmic vocal text propels the story forward, it is Nick Maland's illustrations, watercolour on photocopied drawings, that actually provide the book's suspenseful foundation. * NY Times * Deliciously scary, but with the obligatory happy ending, this bold and colourful picture book will be real hit with those coming up to school-age. * Carousel * Here's a picture book which, read aloud, will transform any teacher into a star performer; the fanciful situation, rhythmic text, onomatopoeic words, graphic clues for varying verbal volume and masterly cartooning guarantee this is a class act. The young audience can enjoy a delicious dose of the horrors, while learning that, when afraid, it's best to face up to your fears. * TES * Mara Bergman and Nick Mayland tell an amusing and tension-filled tale that turns tail and runs on adrenaline power until the very end. The illustrations add to the appeal of this book. * The Lady * Using elements of rhythm and rhyme as well as an enjoyably predicable question-and-answer refrain the text maintains a playful tone beneath the scary details... Expressive line drawings, brightened with watercolour washes, illustrate the story with wit and style... good fun. * Booklist * Nick Maland's clever perspectives make the alligator increasingly alarming as he swells to fill more and more of the page in this well-created story of facing down fear. * The Guardian * An extremely well written and well designed picture book which will be relished by both young children and the adults who share it with them * Carousel * A great read aloud and a good giggle * Publishers Weekly * This is a class act * Times Educational Supplement * An amusing and tension-filled tale that turns tail and runs on adrenaline power until the very end * The Lady * [A] well-crafted story about facing down fear * The Guardian * Brilliantly written and illustrated * Love It *

About the Author

Mara Bergman

Mara Bergman is an editor at Walker Books. She lives in England.

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32 pages


Mara Bergman
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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

16th March 2006



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