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Bossy old warthog wants to have the waterhole all to himself! A fun counting book from Lynley Dodd, creator of Hairy Maclary and Friends.

Children will love counting the animals in this much-loved story from Lynley Dodd.

squealed the warthog,
He chased them away . . .
they all sneaked back.

It's a hot day and bossy old warthog is thirsty. But so are the other animals. Will there be enough water for them all? Warthog doesn't think so . . . and maybe he's right.


it has become one of my all-time favorites. From its lilting rhythm to its repetition, from its nature as a counting book to its engaging illustrations--I love it and my kids do too.

Sheri, Good Reads

a beautifully illustrated counting book featuring baboons, zebras, leopards, etc. It's just the job if your child is learning to count, especially if they are animal mad.

Katherine, Good Reads

The illustrations are darling and the text is fast-paced and fun. Children will probably enjoy the repetition and I can imagine them chiming in with the warthog as he chases off the creatures with a "Sniff-snuff-snap!" each time. At first, the final illustration disturbed me a little--until I saw the raindrops.

Kathryn, Good Reads

Sniff-Snuff-Snap! is the tale of a very grumpy and short tempered warthog who is very territorial about his waterhole. And he has good reason. Over the course of the story his little waterhole - 'green and brown' - is visited by increasingly large numbers of animals. Eventually the inevitable happens, the warthog returns to the waterhole one day 'tired and hot' to discover, to his dismay, that all that remains of his waterhole is 'thick brown mud.' But all is not lost. In the background a storm is brewing, and the first large raindrops begin to spatter down on the very last panel. As readers, we can safely assume that the warthog's little waterhole will soon again be brimming with fresh water. There are a number of African animals who visit the warthog's waterhole, and 'who always sneak back,' when the warthog is not looking. As with all Lynley Dodd books there is a large amount of humour in this story. We can feel and see the warthog's growing frustration and fury as animals continue to drink from his waterhole.


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  • Paperback


    April 30, 2018

    Puffin MR

    32 pages

    RRP $14.99

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