Webb review – Sid the snail has lost his trail by Chloe Helene Harding

Sid The Snail Has Lost His Trail is written by Chloe Helene Harding and illustrated by Marife Gonzales, a picture book written in rhyme that aims to teach children perseverance. Sid gets separated from his mummy in bad weather and has to find his way home alone but it is not an easy journey.

Available from Shookbop.

Harrison and I really enjoyed Sid’s story, it is simple to follow and is full of heart. Sid meets lots of friends on the way and listens to their advice not to give up. I think that children will really relate to Sid, even now I can remember that fear when I was lost as a child (only for a few moments luckily) and the fear of being alone is real. It also shows that Mummy and the whole family never gave up looking for Sid either which I think is a really important part of the story too. The main theme is perseverance and that is exactly what Sid will learn by the end of his journey.

Harrison loves Sid The Snail

The illustrations by Marife Gonzales are absolutely beautiful. A mix of digital and collage with lots of texture. They are bright and impactful and match the tone of the story from page to page. My favourites were the trees, leaves and flowers whereas Harry really loved the characters especially Len the louse. It has a very cheerful overall feel to the story despite some of the darker parts when Sid is scared and lonely.

A great bedtime story.

Sid The Snail Has Lost His Trail made a great bedtime story all snuggled up and ready to sleep. We were very glad that there was a happy ending, a really warm and fuzzy happy ending to Sid’s journey. We would highly recommend this story for your bedtime routine, it was heartwarming and wholesome.

The author, Chloe Helene harding is an advocate of Growth Mindset especially in children and the book includes a great explanation about how helping a child to develop a growth mindset will help them in the future to nurture themselves and the world around them. I believe that this is incredibly important and something that is too often overlooked. Seeing it in the back of the book can be really enlightening to parents and carers, it is in my opinion a great addition. It is a great lesson for adults too and we all need a reminder sometimes.

Stour Valley Publishing are the publishers behind the story and they sent it to us for review and we are very glad that they did, we have really enjoyed getting to know Sid and the world that the author and illustrator have created together. Hopefully it is the first of many.

Harrison awarded 5 out of 5 webs.

Harrison has awarded this book 5 out of 5 webs and has asked if he can read it again soon. I think he will probably enjoy it even more when he isn’t so sleepy too.

You can get your own copy now from Shookbop.

This review is all of our own opinions and is not a paid review.

Thank you so much for reading,

Samantha and Harrison Webb.

Webb Review – The Witches Tea Party

The Witches’ Tea Party

The Witches’ Tea Party by Stuart McDonald

This week the Webblings and I have been reading The Witches’ Tea Party by Stuart McDonald, it is a beautifully bright picture book written in verse about a little witch named Heggerty who is preparing to entertain her friends. We chose this book because of the captivating front cover and because we are big fans of tea!

The images are particularly charming especially the cat who we enjoyed finding on each page. The colours are bright and vivid throughout the entire story. My personal favourites have to be the enchanting hats that each of the witches wears. They are fantastic and we all enjoyed imagining what powers the witches had which were represented by their hats.

The rhyming verse really rolls off of your tongue and is a pleasure to read. The story flowed well and didn’t leave us wanting more explanation. The characters are all friendly and would be great to see in more adventures.

As a family of vegetarians their was part of the book that caused a little upset and that is the eating of bats and frogs, this would of been less of an issue if the illustrations of these creatures didn’t make them seem so adorable and loveable. However, both of the Webblings said that they would like to see another Heggerty and friends story where they don’t eat cute creatures. Since she is a witch it really does fit the theme, she just looks like such a good witch.

Lilly Webbling and her witch like false nails!

The quality of the book is beautiful, it is a nice big size and the cover is stunning. There are a lot of blank pages in the back that could be utilised in some way to integrate with the story but Lilly Webbling has decided to use this space to design her own witches hats which I am looking forward to seeing.

We would all recommend this book to anyone as a great bedtime story, it has a great narrative and beautiful pictures. It might leave your little ones asking questions about why witches eat certain animals but we don’t discourage questions in this home!

We gave it 4 out of 5 Webs and would love to know what you think.

We gave The Witches’ Tea Party 4 out of 5 Webs

Samantha, Lilly and Harrison x 

Disclaimer : We purchased this copy from Amazon, we were not paid to make this review and it is all our own opinions.