Mr Snuffles Birthday: Children's Book Review

About the Book

Title: Mr Snuffles’ Birthday
Author: David Greaves
Illustrator: Emily Wallis
Release Date: 1st May 2018
Genre: Picture Book
 mPublisher: Clink Street Publishing
Format: Paperback

What Did We Think?

I'm not even sure where to start with Mr Snuffles' Birthday; what an utterly beautifully written and stunningly illustrated book. The first day I received the book I dived straight in with A who really enjoyed the story.
Mr Snuffles is a happy character who simply likes to hunt and eat his favourite food: truffles! However, one day he notices that his beloved truffles seem to have gone missing! On his search Mr Snuffles becomes more and more confused and upset, not just about his missing truffles, but that none of his friends seem to care! Not only that, they are all off to a party that Mr Snuffles hasn't been invited to...Or has he?

From beginning to end you will be captured by a nostalgic feeling. The illustrations remind me of Winnie the Pooh books and others from long ago. The story is funny and heart warming, one you will love reading to your children at bedtime.

About the Author

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 travelled 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.

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.


Join the Blog Tour!

It's wonderful to a part of another blog tour and this one has been especially wonderful. Please do have a read of the other bloggers who have and will be sharing their posts on Mr Snuffles.

I would like to wish the family of David all my best as the continue to honour his memory in such an amazing way, he will never be forgotten when his books line the shelves of children everywhere.