Spreckle’s Snack Surprise

Peachtree. Jul. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781682634820.
PreS-K–An adorable and comically told story about a dragon’s arduous journey for snacks and the life lessons she learns along the way. Spreckle is a dragon hatched among chickens. She loves her family, but she hates their snacks (slugs and seed corn). So she decides that the only logical course of action is to leave the nest in search of the elusive perfect snack. When she finally finds it, in a popsicle truck, she learns that a dragon’s fiery ways and icy snacks are less than ideal matches, and she is hungrier than ever! Returning home, and with her family’s support and the power of her fiery breath, Spreckle finds that the tastiest treat has been in front of her all along. With no more than two short sentences per page, the text is digestible and engaging for young readers. The cartoony, watercolor illustrations hilariously complement the text, and readers will delight in their details across multiple readings.
VERDICT Like a delicious snack, this witty and funny picture book will be devoured by youngsters.

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