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Joanna Gray recommends The Snaggle Grollop by Daniel Postgate

This is a delightful story that incorporates not only the responsibilities of owning a pet, but the enjoyment they bring to family life. Nick Price’s illustrations are bright and cheerful and my children and I love the way they bring the Snaggle Grollop’s character to life. Not only this, but they very cleverly interweave a secondary story into the book too.

The Story: Sam would like a pet, either a cat or a dog, but both his Mum and his Dad say no. However, when Sam asks for a Snaggle Grollop they agree; after all, there’s no such thing as a Snaggle Grollop, is there? “Yes, but…no, but…but – oh heck,” is Dad’s spluttered reaction when it turns out that, not only does a Snaggle Grollop actually exist, but he also requires quite a lot of looking after too. Although the Snaggle Grollop loves his new family he finds he is sometimes lonely, until one sunny afternoon when he meets Emily’s unusual pet, a Quibblesnuff. This is the beginning of a new adventure for him, told beautifully through the illustrations.

I don’t want to give the game away but we very often read this story twice, once to listen to the words and once to follow through the pictures. This is one of those beautifully illustrated books which encourages the adults to pay as much attention to the pictures as the children do.

Age Range: 3 to 6 (although Joanna says 3 to adult as she loves the book so much!)

Author: Daniel Postgate / Illustrator: Nick Price

About Joanna Gray

‘I live in Leeds with my husband, our three children; Nathan (6), Will (5) and Karin (5) – yes they are twins, and our dog, Buster. I work in the Head Office of a Bank where my day job is analysing numbers. It is about as far away from what people expect from an author as possible!

I’m a very energetic, happy person and I love to live life to the full. I love spending time with my family and friends, usually running around with the children having fun.’

Joanna’s debut picture book The Little Raindrop was published earlier this year and is one of our favourite new picture books. It was a finalist in The People’s Book Prize in Spring 2013. You can read our recommendation and how we used the book to learn about the water cycle here.


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13 responses to “Joanna Gray recommends The Snaggle Grollop by Daniel Postgate”


  1. Kevin avatar

    Another book by Daniel Postgate, that’s well worth a mention is Big Mum Plum. It was bought as a gift for our daughter just before she started school and is a story about 7 piglets first day at school and how they all try to hide from Big Mum Plum so that they don’t have to go to school.

    At the end of the day, they have enjoyed school so much they don’t want to come home. A really funny book for young children, well illustrated and written in brilliant rhyme. The only author I have ever come up with who has found a rhyme for ‘euphonium’ (I didn’t even know what one was before I read this book!)

    Well worth a read – especially if you have a young one worried about going to school for the first time.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you for your recommendation. I’m not familiar with Daniel Postgate’s books, my attempts to get The Snaggle Grollop out of the library have failed so far! Thank you for visiting Story Snug 🙂


  2. Joanna Gray avatar
    Joanna Gray

    Thank you Orlena, and everyone else too. I hope you all get to enjoy The Snaggle Grollop at some point, it is a brilliant book


  3. Orlena avatar

    Sounds like a fantastic book and congratulations on your own book. (Also nice to meet another mum of twins).


  4. Susan Mann avatar

    This sounds great, thanks for linking upx


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome 🙂


  5. Sarah Miles avatar
    Sarah Miles

    Thanks for linking up! My 3 year old would love this book, I’m sure!


    1. Catherine avatar

      I still haven’t read The Snaggle Grollop but I’m very curious about the ending after reading Joanna’s recommendation 🙂


  6. bamauthor avatar

    I am really in favor of teaching kids responsibility for taking care of pets. All too often they beg, only to leave all the responsibility to other family members, especially the parents.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a great theme for a picture book, a child’s perception of having a pet is often far removed from the reality!


  7. Susan Stephenson avatar

    How I wish I lived in a world where Snaggle Grollops and Quibblesnuffs were common!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Aren’t they lovely words? 🙂


  8. Catherine avatar

    Joanna, thank you so much for sharing your favourite picture book on Story Snug. I am intrigued by the sound of a book that tells one story through the text and another through the pictures.

    Congratulations on the publication of The Little Raindrop. For any Early Years’ teachers reading this I highly recommend that you add The Little Raindrop to your classroom bookbox 🙂

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