Have You Ever Seen a Sneep? by Tasha Pym, pictures by Joel Stewart
Does a Sneep steal your picnic the minute you turn your back? Does a Snook ruin your quiet time by being so loud? Have you swung out over the water and landed in a Grullock’s throat? Have you been surprised by a Floon? Chased by a Knoo? You haven’t?
This funny and charming fantasy features a boy who lives in a land filled with creatures we have never seen before. They are humanoid but strange with purple skin, large beaks, and many legs. It is a great juxtaposition of a normal boy in what seem to be normal settings doing normal things and then an unusual creature arrives and the entire scene shifts. Pym’s rhymes are effortless as they swing readers through the book. Stewart’s art suits the subject perfectly with its gentle feel combined with wacky characters in wild colors.
Highly recommended for preschool or toddler storytimes. Children will love the fact they are being asked if they have seen such a creature themselves. Adults reading aloud will find the pacing impeccable. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
Reviewed from library copy.