Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever
(Thames & Hudson)
Harold Philip Snipperpot has never had a birthday party. Therefore, as his seventh birthday approaches, he feels ‘extra sad’. It seems that his parents hate parties and hardly ever talk. Is it possible that something could make them happy? What’s more, what is so different about Harold turning seven? Thereafter, might Mr Ponzio help? It seems he is about to instigate Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever?
Yet what about the birthday? Is it possible that this could be filled with animals, balloons and then a carnival of delight? We watch the parade trailing the street and realise the chaos. However this builds joy that seems to thrum through the township. What’s more, it seems to engulf Harold’s parents!
Beatrice Alemagna offers intricacy, shadow, a wealth of perspective, so that it feels as though we’re watching from a balcony. What’s more we are caught in the delight too! Could this be the best way to celebrate a birthday? As we’ve discovered with this writer/ illustrator’s books, such as On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, there seems to be magic within the world. It means that something like a party becomes an event that unfolds into changing a whole day, and then lives.
Bookwagon loves and recommends Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever. What’s more, we suggest that this beautiful book, is ideal for sharing at bedtime, for gifting and treasuring. It is a beautiful, party riot of a story.