The Snack Smasher: And Other Reasons Why It's Not My Fault

Overview

DO YOU EVER WONDER...

• Why your otherwise well-behaved hair is always a disaster on school picture day?

• Why there is always ONE piece missing from the puzzle you've been working on for weeks?

• Why the pretzels at the bottom of the bag are ALWAYS smashed to smithereens?

The answers to these and other questions are revealed in The Snack Smasher. Andrea Perry and Alan Snow expose a bevy of mischievous creatures who are out to wreak havoc in kids' lives. Just in time, too — the ...

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Overview

DO YOU EVER WONDER...

• Why your otherwise well-behaved hair is always a disaster on school picture day?

• Why there is always ONE piece missing from the puzzle you've been working on for weeks?

• Why the pretzels at the bottom of the bag are ALWAYS smashed to smithereens?

The answers to these and other questions are revealed in The Snack Smasher. Andrea Perry and Alan Snow expose a bevy of mischievous creatures who are out to wreak havoc in kids' lives. Just in time, too — the Wicked Waitress, the Locker Destroyer, and the Ink Drinkers are all eagerly waiting to strike....

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this rogues' gallery, British creators Perry and Snow (previously teamed for Here's What You Do When You Can't Find Your Shoe) rhymingly introduce imaginary criminals. The title character, accessorized with boxing gloves and a steamroller, ensures that sweet and salty munchables are crumbled to bits, leaving "Brussels sprouts,/ liver, and/ spinach -- intact?/ Dastardly Snack Smasher/ must have attacked!" His partners in crime include the Cap-Napper and Lid Lifter, who haunt kitchen containers, and the obnoxious Snorist, who "chose/ to sneak with his tuba inside your dad's nose." Snow pictures goofy masked marauders and their dismayed young victims; a lineup shows the innocent prey of the Scary-Hair Fairy, known to attack on "the night before pictures--those taken at school--/ when kids want their hair to look stylish and cool." Perry composes passable if not hilarious stanzas, and her words and Snow's images sometimes misjudge the audience; the deeds of Puzzle-Piece Eaters and Boot Removers go largely unexplained, and Ink Drinkers ought to drain something more modern than an inkwell or fountain pen. This volume give off an antique vibe, even though today's readers likely remain all too familiar with "an annoyer/ more commonly known as/ the Locker Destroyer." Ages 4-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5
For readers who have ever wondered where those missing puzzle pieces go, why they wake up with bad hair on school picture day, or why their pens are always out of ink, this book has the answers. Introducing a cast of "scoundrels and scalawags given to crime;/dastardly deed doers all in their prime," these funny poems attempt to explain all that and more. In addition to the "Puzzle-Piece Eater," the "Scary-Hair Fairy," and the "Ink Drinkers," children meet the "Cap-Napper and Lid Lifter" (the duo responsible for those annoying spills), the "Snorist" (who sneaks inside Dad's nose to play his tuba), and other horrible hoodlums. Some of the poems are more far-fetched than others (the "Horn Twister" bends cows' headgear into odd shapes and "The Snake Knotters" tie reptiles into bows at the zoo) and the meter occasionally falters, but most of the selections work quite well. The concept is clever and the entries read aloud smoothly. Colorfully wacky pen-and-ink spot illustrations of people and creatures frame the text. They include a lot of cross-hatching and add interest and movement to the pages. Although the poetry isn't stellar, fans of humorous and nonsense verse will find a lot to enjoy here.
—Amy Lilien-HarperCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Perry and Snow join a time-honored tradition with this gallery of annoying but elusive beasts, from the titular crusher of bagged junk food to the Scary-Hair Fairy and the nocturnal Snorist: "That sound is the Snorist. / It means that he chose / to sneak with his tuba inside your dad's nose." Featuring strong rhythms and (generally) exact rhymes, the verses make first-rate read-alouds, and Snow's brightly colored, oddly proportioned and often deliciously messy cartoon figures add plenty of comical visual notes to each spread. Expect belly laughs aplenty, particularly from Shel Silverstein fans, and readers/listeners fond of Jack Prelutsky's Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant! (2006), illus by Carin Berger, or other similar gatherings of imaginary creatures. (Poetry. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689854699
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/27/2007
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Perry is also the author of Here's What You Do When You Can't Find Your Shoe and The Snack Smasher. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Alan Snow is a well-known author and illustrator of children’s books and has also worked in many fields of design and animation. He has written two novels, Here Be Monsters! and Worse Things Happen at Sea!, both set in the wonderfully weird world of Ratbridge. He lives in Bath, England.

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