Jill Eggleton is a New Zealand author of over 850 titles, with her books being found in schools all over the world. Terry Fitzgibbon is a New Zealander who has illustrated for other authors as well as his own books.
This is a story about Bubba Kanga and how he gets bounced out of his mother’s pouch. When Bubba Kanga tries to find his mother, he comes across Snake. Snake tries to convince Bubba that she could be his mother. Bubba Kanga is not totally convinced, but Snake perserves. The birds in the tree try and warn Bubba Kanga that he is pursuing a very dangerous course of action.
I read this story to my 4-year-old granddaughter Abby. She was totally absorbed with the story with questions every now and then thrown in. The reader needs to use their imagination with trying different voices and it really doesn’t matter if the singing parts are out of tune. Small children don’t seem to notice these things too much.
Sneaky Snake is a lovely story with lots of beautiful illustrations throughout. This book also comes with a CD, which is a great addition.
Any success with books has to come from how many times a small person gets you to read a story. Abby got me to read this book twice and when we got organised with a CD player that also had to be played twice. So in all I would say reading this book to this 4-year-old was a resounding success. This is high praise for any book, in my opinion.
Reviewed by Christine Frayling
by Jill Eggleton, Illustrated by Terry Fitzgibbon
Published by Global Education Systems Ltd.