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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Mr. Snuffles' Birthday by David Greaves

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the spotlight on a Children's Picture Book title that celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY earlier this month with Clink Street Publishing.  Ironically, it's about a birthday of sorts, or rather one in particular, that of Mr. Snuffles, and how it's plum forgotten by everyone...or so it seems.  Ready or not, grab your party horns and don your hats, it's time to meet today's book of choice...

David Greaves
Illustrated by
Emily Wallis
Clink Street Publishing

About the book...
'It was a wonderful day for snuffling for truffles,
'What a birthday treat!' thought Mr Snuffles…’

Adults and children of all ages will delight in following Mr Snuffles' frustrating woodland quest for his beloved truffles. But is Mr Snuffles on the right scent?

Beautifully illustrated by Emily Wallis, David Greaves' Mr Snuffles' Birthday is a glorious celebration of language, friendship and truffles: a tale to be treasured and to read aloud together time and time again.


It's time for a party,
Of one, it would seem;
As we meet Mr Snuffles,
With eyes all a gleam. 

For who wants to celebrate,
Their birthday alone; 
Truffle less, friend less,
And with a thief to bemoan. 

Not Mr Snuffles,
That simply won't do;
So he's off to sniffle,
A birthday treat or two. 

But when those escape him,

As do the thieves whereabouts; 
He can't help but ponder,
Why his friends are all out.

Decked to the nines, 
With ties and balloons;
Spouting something about,
Teas, parties, afternoons?

So a saddened Mr Snuffles, 
Shuffles along;
Feeling lonely, left out,
Like he doesn't belong. 

But things are not always,
As we believe them to be;
And Mr Snuffles is in for,
A surprise he simply can't see. 

A charming tale, 
Of Mr Snuffles and friends,
And how all things truly,
Work out in the end.

Though the rhyming meter falls,
Off track a time or two;
The story and illustrations,
Make it shine like new. 

And so my dear friends,

I shall draw to a close;
Recommending this title,
For both its highs and its lows. 

For you see in life,
We take the bad with the good;
Mr Snuffles learns a lesson,
As we all in time should.

Always look for the best,
In those that surround;
For in their heart of hearts,
True friendship can be found.


About the author...

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Born in Yorkshire in 1985, David Greaves’ warmth and generosity of spirit, and his love of travel and adventure led him to make friends around the world with people from all walks of life. His strength of character and devotion to achieving his goals was shown in his achievements as an ultra-marathon runner and Iron Man triathlete. It was also shown by his determination to finish this book, and nine others, after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (ALS) in June 2015, just after his thirtieth birthday. In the fifteen months after his diagnosis he got married to the love of his life, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, raising over £12,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and traveled through East Africa before settling in Newcastle upon Tyne. As David lost the use of his arms and speech he finished his collection of children's books using revolutionary Eye Gaze technology which allowed him to type by tracking the movement of his eyes. David passed away peacefully at home in September 2016. Mr Snuffles is David's first book and his wife Philippa and family intend to honour his memory by eventually publishing all of his completed works.

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About the Illustrator...

Emily Wallis is an illustrator who uses traditional hand-drawn techniques. She completed her MA in sequential design and illustration at the University of Brighton. She lives in London, UK.



Be sure to check out the previous stops on the tour for more bookish fun...

Monday 30th April

Tuesday 1st May

Wednesday 2nd May

Thursday 3rd May

Friday 4th May

Saturday 5th May

Sunday 6th May

Monday 7th May
Tuesday 8th May

Wednesday 9th May

Thursday 10th May

Friday 11th May

Saturday 12th May

Monday 14th May

Tuesday 15th May


Special thanks to Faye Rogers for the ebook for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Clink Street Publishing, so click on over to your favorite online retailer and order yours today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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