Thursday, September 10, 2009

Snickeyfritz

Snickeyfritz
by Andrea Skyberg
unpaged
picture book
Wauwatosa, WI : Wooden Nickel Press, c2009

Three young sisters are bored one afternoon so their Papa sends them on a treasure hunt. As they try to figure out the silly things on the list, they use their imagination. When they are stumped on the last item, Papa helps them out and even makes them a delicious dinner afterwards.
Can I just say creepy and weird?! The author/creator made the life-size dolls herself and then photographed them throughout her house. The chunky dough-faced dolls are a little frightening. In fact Geddy, my 3-year-old, took one look at the book and said, "Mommy, I don't like this one, please take it back to the library!" The story was also confusing and not very approachable for young children. The author used many slang terms and outdated sayings that our grandparents are familiar with but will have no meaning for kids of today. Now don't get me wrong, I completely appreciate the thought and creativity that went into this work, I just feel it is missing the mark as a picture book for children.

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