The Snagglegrollop

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What in the world is a Snagglegrollop? And why might it be sad? A whimsical tale about how a not-so-imaginary monster makes a real friend.

When he asks for a typical pet--a dog, a cat--his parents say no, so Sam wonders, "How about a Snagglegrollop?" A what?! The next day Sam comes home from school with a strange-looking creature indeed! The Snagglegrollop eats an awful lot of food--and entire tubes of toothpaste, too. But it tells silly jokes and takes the family for wonderful...

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Overview


What in the world is a Snagglegrollop? And why might it be sad? A whimsical tale about how a not-so-imaginary monster makes a real friend.

When he asks for a typical pet--a dog, a cat--his parents say no, so Sam wonders, "How about a Snagglegrollop?" A what?! The next day Sam comes home from school with a strange-looking creature indeed! The Snagglegrollop eats an awful lot of food--and entire tubes of toothpaste, too. But it tells silly jokes and takes the family for wonderful weekend romps. They become very fond of it. Some nights, though, the Snagglegrollop just sits on the roof, staring at the stars. "It seems quite sad," Sam thinks. Could it be that all it needs is the companionship of his classmate Emily's Quibblesnuff?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Unable to get a dog or a cat for a family pet, Sam proposes a snagglegrollop instead. Since he admits he made it up, his parents agree that he can have one. Then, he brings the towering green furry creature with pink wings, antennae, trunk, arms, blue-wart feet, beige tusks, and wart-hog incisors home. Sam has his hands full washing, drying, and feeding the snagglegrollop, not to mention brushing its teeth with an industrial broom. Because it tells jokes and dances, however, Sam's family grows fond of it, though it is occasionally sad. Seeing Sam's success, his shy friend Emily, who is also forbidden to get a cat, asks her parents for a quibblesnuff. The two creatures befriend each other and ultimately fly off together. Without their pets, Emily and Sam play together; his mother clips a topiary snagglegrollop; and his father might acquiesce when he asks for a dog. Everyone changes for the better in this imaginatively illustrated and simple but amusing book. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Sam's parents will not let him have a dog or a cat, but they laugh and say yes when he asks for an imaginary creature, a snagglegrollop. He comes home from school one day with the large, hairy pet in tow. It is high maintenance but compensates by telling hilarious jokes and taking the family on weekend adventures. When Emily Evans tells Sam that her parents will not let her have a cat, he suggests a pet like his. She decides on a quibblesnuff, and, at the park, the big fishlike creature with a heart-shaped snout, long eyelashes, and wings enchants Sam's snagglegrollop. Hand in hand, they fly away into a yellow sky, leaving Sam with a new friend and, possibly, a dog. The crowded suburban landscape is curved and fanciful, full of interesting details. In almost every illustration, observant readers will notice a white pup with black-tipped ears and tail that would make the perfect pet for this lonely boy. Whether heard or read independently, this story will resonate with youngsters.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Kirkus Reviews
Sam wants a pet. Dad doesn't want to have to walk a dog, and Mom doesn't want cat hair on her furniture. Sam asks for a snagglegrollop, and his parents indulgently agree. Imagine their surprise when he comes home with one the next day. Sam's new pet is a huge, green-furred, horned, trunk-nosed creature that needs a lot of care and attention. It tells great jokes, and it is an excellent dancer. Despite all the fun they have, it turns out Sam's is a little lonely. When Sam's friend Emily comes over with a quibblesnuff, the two pets hit it off and fly away together. Thanks to his show of responsibility, Sam's parents are now ready to consider a dog. Price's bright, goofy watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are the best feature of this entry in the I-want-a-pet genre. The crazy perspectives and the little white dog that hides in most spreads add a bit of fun to this otherwise also-ran British import. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545104708
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,464,067
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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