Snap!

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A sensitive story about the fear of the new, perfect for the first day of school

The big day has come—and that can be terrifying. Sometimes the only thing to do is hide behind a scary mask and hope it frightens the monsters away. But snapping and snarling isn't always the best way. Perhaps a friendly smiling mask might work better. This lovely story about learning to be brave teaches children to face their fears with a smile instead ...

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Overview

A sensitive story about the fear of the new, perfect for the first day of school

The big day has come—and that can be terrifying. Sometimes the only thing to do is hide behind a scary mask and hope it frightens the monsters away. But snapping and snarling isn't always the best way. Perhaps a friendly smiling mask might work better. This lovely story about learning to be brave teaches children to face their fears with a smile instead of a frown.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/31/2014
Everyone from Batman to trick-or-treaters knows the value of a good mask, and so does the redheaded hero of this story from Holmes (Have You Seen Duck?) and Australian illustrator Germain, making a strong children’s book debut. The boy is going somewhere new, and he’s not happy about it. Before leaving, he puts on a pointy-toothed “crocodile face” mask, and he won’t say anything but “Snap!” to the other mask-wearing “monsters” he’s spending the day with. Luckily, an artistic (and un-intimidated) girl in an owl mask is willing to help him trade his antisocial crocodile face for a fun-loving monkey one. While school jitters are the clearest analogy for the boy’s situation, Holmes smartly keeps the references to his destination vague, allowing the book to apply to other new experiences, too. Working with soft watercolors, crisp ink lines, and collage elements, Germain gives her characters jointed limbs that turn them into the equivalent of jointed paper dolls. It’s a fitting visual hook given the dress-up aspect of the masks, as well as how it allows subtle adjustments in body position to broadcast a range of emotion. Ages 3–5. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921714993
  • Publisher: Little Hare Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Janet A. Holmes is the author of Have You Seen Duck?Me and You, and Pink. Daniella Germain is an illustrator.
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