Saturday, 5 May 2018

Mr Snuffles’ Birthday Blog Tour 5th May

‘Mr Snuffles’ Birthday’
Blog Tour 5th May


'It was a wonderful day for snuffling for truffles,

'What a birthday treat!' thought Mr Snuffles…’

Adults and children of all ages will delight in following Mr Snuffles' frustrating woodland quest for his beloved truffles. But is Mr Snuffles on the right scent?

Beautifully illustrated by Emily Wallis, David Greaves' Mr Snuffles' Birthday is a glorious celebration of language, friendship and truffles: a tale to be treasured and to read aloud together time and time again.

About the Book

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

Mr Snuffles’ Birthday

Background information on the story and its 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. David’s strength of character and devotion to achieving his goals was evident in his achievements as an ultra-marathon runner and Iron Man triathlete.
David’s resilience was also shown by his determination to finish Mr Snuffles’ Birthday, and nine other children’s stories, after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (ALS) in June 2015, just after his thirtieth birthday. In the fifteen months following his diagnosis David got married to the love of his life, Philippa, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, raising over £12,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and travelled through East Africa before settling in Newcastle upon Tyne to be closer to his family.
As MND deprived David of the use of his arms and speech he finished his collection of children's stories 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’ Birthday is David's first book, and his wife Philippa and David’s family intend to honour his memory by eventually publishing all of his completed works.
David Greaves spent his formative years growing up in the beautiful Hope Valley, Derbyshire: a free-range rural childhood with lots of space to roam and to play outdoors with friends.

From his earliest years, David showed an intense delight in language, poetry and all forms of the written and spoken word. A poem David wrote at the age of ten, ‘Hurricane’ (attached) anticipated David’s gradual realisation during his twenties that his deepest wish was to become a full-time writer for children.

After being awarded a first-class honours degree in Modern History from the University of Newcastle, it was while working for a time as a live-in carer in Cumbria for friends of the family with two young children that David began to write in earnest, delighting his charges, who re-named him The BFG (David being a strapping 6ft 7” in height) with recitals of his latest work in progress including an early draft of the story that was to become Mr Snuffles’ Birthday.

After moving down to London in 2012 in order to widen his employment options, David carried on writing at every spare moment, while working through a succession of temporary jobs. 

During this time, David was a regular volunteer at the Ministry of Stories in Hoxton, (www.ministryofstories.org) where he greatly enjoyed helping to improve local children’s literacy via the Ministry’s immensely creative and adventurous approach to learning – while at the same time continuing to refine his own exceptional gifts as a storyteller.

David carried on re-working and revising Mr Snuffles’ Birthday throughout his time in London. Finally, in September 2015, David achieved a richly-deserved breakthrough when he won a competitive commission from Friends of the Earth to write The Homeless Bumblebee and Me, a warm-hearted illustrated fable intended to alert children to the importance of bees to our ecology, and the vital need to nurture and protect them. This delightful award-winning book, David’s first published work, is about to be re-launched (in May 2018) in a new edition by Clink Street Press, as Philippa and the Homeless Bumblebee.

Mr Snuffles’ Birthday by David Greaves & illustrated by Emily Wallis, published by Clink Street Publishing on 1st May 2018 in hardback and ebook, is available to purchase from online retailers including Amazon and to order from all good bookstores. 
ISBN: 978-1-912562-31-2
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.

My review 

What an absolutely delightful book. I was touched by the story behind the author and how the book was produced and wasn't disappointed when the book arrived. The picture book has a beautiful cover and my son loved the book as soon as it arrived and couldn't wait to hear the story when he saw the cover artwork. My daughter is a little younger but was very keen to get stuck in and enjoyed the illustrations instead.

The story follows the gentle tale of Mr Snuffles on his birthday searching for truffles. It was delightful to read and I enjoyed it just as much as the children did. Will Mr Snuffles ever enjoy his birthday truffles? The illustrations certainly make this picture book stand out and with the lovely story it’ll be one you remember for a long time. The writing is powerful, almost poetic and such a joy to read aloud to children. I would recommend for all ages of child and I'm sure the adults reading will love it too.

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