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  • Published: 30 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143771906
  • Imprint: Puffin MR
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99


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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.

  • Pub date: 30 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143771906
  • Imprint: Puffin MR
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Lynley Dodd

Lynley Dodd graduated from the Elam School of Art in Auckland with a diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. She went on to teach art before taking a break to start a family. She began to work as a freelance illustrator and collaborated with author Eve Sutton on My Cat Likes To Hide in Boxes. There was no looking back as Lynley went on to write and illustrate her own books for children. Exuberant artwork and bouncy rhymes come together perfectly in books like Slinky Malinki and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy. As well as being a visual delight, these are some of the most rewarding books for children and adults to read out loud. It comes as no surprise that, as a child, she adored Dr Seuss because of his 'crazy sounds and the fact that he took such liberties with the English language.' Other favourite authors included A A Milne and the fairy tales of The Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. Today, Lynley is a big fan of Quentin Blake 'because of his humour and very clever art work.'

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Praise for Sniff-Snuff-Snap!

“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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