Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever


Harold Snipperpot’s parents don’t like parties. They don’t like each other very much. However, when they see that Harold is extra sad, they hire Mr Ponzio to help. He determines a party for Harold’s seventh birthday is the thing. What a party!

‘Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever‘ opens with ribbons, banners and a rainbow of balloons. It ends with a rainbow, chameleons and complete chaos.

The muted colours suggest nostalgic photographs in some lights. There is an air of melancholy in the story. Yet, the melancholy is overwhelmed by the curiosity, terror, comedy and delight of Mr Ponzio’s haphazard scheme. We cheer on Harold’s release from his confines, and exalt in the animals’ animal behaviour!

Beatrice Allemagne is a Bookwagon favourite picture book maker. We adore her earlier titles Lion in Paris and On a Magical Do-Nothing Day. ‘Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever’ is a triumph in picture book imagining and creating, but a warm, enabling and empathetic triumph of a story. Every Harold Snipperpot deserves a disaster like this one.

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Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever

Beatrice Alemagna

(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.



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