NZ Writer Robyn Cooper Snails, Spells and Snazzlepops Submarine (Makaro Press) 2016 $25.00pb 164pp ISBN 978 0 9941 3793 7 Themes: Bullying/ Cooking/ Family life/ Fantasy/ Funny stories/ Money (lack of)
Charlie has a lot to put up with - his mother’s boyfriend/ a house that seems to be falling around his ears and worst of all – a lack of money. For Charlie (and his close friend Millie who lives next door) the solution may be through his skills in the culinary arts and serving up some really wild and unusual foods - like the snails that live just outside the garden window. Then, while searching for a fail-safe recipe Charlie and Millie come upon a magical site on the net which may enhance their efforts even further. This is a truly funny story with characters with whom we can empathise and a storyline of which we believe every word. A good story to read aloud to a class as a special treat!!
Excellent teachers’ notes are available for this book on the Makaro Press website. Go to: www.makaropress.co.nz/teachers/