Pip and Posy:  The Friendly Snail by Camilla Reid, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Pip and Posy:  The Friendly Snail by Camilla Reid, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.  Nosy Crow, Candlewick Press, 2021.  9781536217322

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review):  5

Format: Hardcover 

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book?  Pip  (a rabbit) and Posy (a mouse) are enjoying some time outdoors in the garden.  Everything Posy wants to do is big and loud.  Pip wants quiet, especially after he finds a sweet little snail he’d like to befriend.  When Posy’s joyful noise scares the snail, Pip says some mean things and banishes her from the yard.  At first, he relishes the quiet.  But then – a crow appears and menaces Pip’s new snail friend.  How to scare away the crow and save the snail?  Posy’s big voice to the rescue!  The grateful friends reconcile and take turns playing both exuberantly and calmly.

This is a story about accommodating different styles of play, sharing space, and being flexible, loving, and forgiving.  It’s a good one for modeling respect for different moods and needs.  Children may enjoy taking turns acting the expansive Posy parts and the meditative Pip parts and sharing stories of times they wanted to play in different ways.  The text is brief and effective and the characters expressive and likable.  The illustrations are bright and show just what’s important for the story.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Anyone learning how to share space and toys.  This could be part of a library story time about siblings, starting school, or even sound.  The Pip and Posy books have been picked up for a television show in Britain and can be watched on YouTube.  These books will be popular with families familiar with the videos or the other ten Pip and Posy books.

Who should buy this book? Families with siblings learning how to get along, preschools, daycares, public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name:  Robin Shtulman, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review:  August 19, 2021

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