Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Book Nook: The Snark!

 Former children everywhere will readily admit that night-time often used to be a nerve-wracking, palm-sweating experience. From fears of the dark to the hairy monsters hiding under the bed, childhood imagination gets the better of almost all youngsters.

In his new book, Justin Davis helps children turn these fears into boundless bravery and confidence. ‘The Snark!’ is wholly unique; using lyrical prose, sharp humour and even interactivity to turn those bedtime blues into sheer excitement.



"What's a Snark?" I hear you cry.

Night-time can be scary, and this delightfully illustrated story shows us how natural those fears and anxieties are. Once children can identify and understand their fears, they can begin to overcome them, and we can all have a good night's sleep! 


This story reveals that when we are brave and face our fears, they are often not as scary as we first thought!


Told in lyrical prose and with a dash of humour, this light-hearted story will help you and your child deal with night-time anxieties in a safe and reassuring way.


“There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep,” admits the author. “But, for many children, this is simply hampered by deep-rooted fears either of the dark, or of things lurking in the bedroom. While it’s totally natural, I wanted to craft something that would bring out a child’s inner bravery and empower them to see night-time as an opportunity to get that solid sleep they (and their parents!) crave. What better way to do it than through a rhyming, illustrated story?.


I wanted young readers to be able to wrap themselves in the story and resonate with it as much as possible, so I’ve also included instructions on how to draw a monster, and given them an entire page to come up with their own creation. It’s going to help them address their anxieties in a very dignified and loving way.”


Reviews have been extremely positive. A Quintillion Words writes, “I loved the lyrical prose and just how well each sentence flowed from one to the next. When paired with a page of colourful illustration, each sentence became so much more powerful and I found myself staring at each intricate detail from illustrator, Stephanie Jayne, who, might I add, has done and absolutely incredible job of bringing this story to life. I never really used to care much for art, but illustration in children’s books is something I always admire these days. The illustration in The Snark is something very special. If you can, I’d recommend the paperback or hardback over the Kindle version, just so this can be appreciated more!”


Toddle About adds, “The Snark is a light hearted story that helps you and your child deal with night-time anxieties, it is a very good story which is very well written and very well illustrated…. All in all it was a very enjoyable book and we would highly recommend it to anyone with children, whether they struggle with night-times or not.”


‘The Snark!’ is available now:


Amazon UK-

Amazon US -



About the Author:

This fabulous picture book aimed at young readers is the fifth publication from Justin. His previous books have attracted international praise from adults and young readers alike, and won him a rapidly growing young fan base.

‘Escape from Nettle Farm’ won a Red Ribbon in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Awards and was a finalist in the 2017 People’s Book Prize. ‘My Bunny’, a beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book, was a finalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Awards.

Justin lives in Northamptonshire, England, with his wife and three children.

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