Snippet the Early Riser by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

SnippetCindy: Bedtime stories are plentiful…picture books about how to get that energetic child/bear/dragon to settle down and go to sleep. Getting my daughters to sleep was never my problem. After a full day of play they dropped in their tracks, sometimes in their dinner plates. It was them waking me up at 5 a.m. ready to play that caused me trouble. Snippet the Early Riser (Knopf 2013)  features an adorable little snail who is normal except that while his family snoozes away the morning, he likes to get going and embrace the joys of the day. He tries to wake his family by knocking on their plaid and flowered pajama’d shells but Papa snores and no one moves. He enlists the help of some other critters who try jumping on the leaf, waking them with Cricket’s music, and pushing them out of the bed. Nothing rouses the family. Snippet finally comes up with the perfect plan and the family is ready to play….you can probably guess what happens by then. Years ago my then 18-month-old bonked me in the head with a picture book, commanding: “READ BOOK!” Oh my, I’d only had 3 hours of sleep and I was 8 months pregnant. Please let me sleep…but then I came awake. HER FIRST SENTENCE. “Read book!” I’m awake, kid. And I read that book. I should return the favor now that she is 22 and sleeps into the afternoon given a chance. Perhaps Murguia can do a sequel…Snippet Goes to College. I’d buy that!

Lynn:  I am NOT a fan of snails as they eat large holes in the plants in my garden!  However – Murguia’s illustrations are so adorable that even a devoted gardener would fall in love with these snails.  I can totally relate to Snippet.  First my own two boys were very early risers – ready to play the minute the sun got up.  The focus group get up early too but now, thanks to aging, I’ve turned into an early riser myself.  Not, however, a cheerful one like Snippet who eagerly tries everything to get his family to play with him.  Kids will like the funny solution to Snippet’s problems and grown-ups with early risers will sympathize with his snoozy family.  Now if only the snails in my garden had shells like these!  Take a peek at this fun book trailer to get a sample of just how cute they are.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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