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The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie HB

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)
Children's story, self-belief
230mm x 260mm

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2017 ABIA Book shortlist – Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year
“Vibrant illustrations… a lively text and storyline that will have little ones enthusiastically page turning to the very end. … an invigorating tale about the benefits of being proactive, being yourself, and loving who you are.” – Boomerang Books
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A fresh and original take on the popular Ugly Duckling story sure to delight young children.

Everyone adored the beautiful butterflies that gathered around the pond.

In fact everyone did … Mozzie most of all.

One day he gathered up his courage and asked if he could fly around with them.

But beautiful butterflies don’t hang out with ugly, boring mosquitoes. This is a charming story of a mosquito who wants to be a butterfly.

Praise for ‘The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie’
“Charming, beautifully illustrated, with a gentle but important message. An unexpected delight.” Graeme Simsion

“Delightful! All the fun and learning of a Dr Seuss tale.” Tim Ferguson

Irina Goundortseva

Irina Goundortseva

Irina Goundortseva’s background is in animation and filmmaking. She has written short films that been screened nationally and internationally and she has been nominated AWGIE awards. She currently works on various film and TV projects. Irina is looking forward to expanding her career into writing for children and combining her experience in screenwriting and animation. […]

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7 reviews for The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie HB

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Resonating the delightful tones of the Ugly Duckling, The Mozzie with the Sharp Snozzie is a delightful visitation of one little mozzie’s sense of self. Our chipper little protagonist lives by the pond in perpetual awe of the beautiful butterflies who flutter about being beautiful all day long. She yearns to join them, to be as beautiful as them but they shun her because of her ugly and boring appearance. Disheartened, Mozzie retreats then embarks on a plan to elevate her popularity by disguising her true self. The shallow butterflies are enamoured by their beautiful new friend until disaster strikes and ‘things go from bad to worse’. Will Mozzie abandon her newfound friends and self-appreciation to save the day? Vibrant illustrations accompany a lively text and storyline that will have little ones enthusiastically page turning to the very end. Mozzie… is an invigorating tale about the benefits of being proactive, being yourself, and loving who you are. In addition, it does wonders for the esteem and profile of mozzies everywhere, which I think is reason enough to hunt it down to enjoy.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    My endorsement is on the cover, but I’ll say it again here: this is a charming book, beautifully illustrated with a gentle but important message about being comfortable with who you are. For me, it’s a healthy antidote to the ugly duckling story: the mozzie shows us that there are better things to aspire to than physical beauty, and value in having different attributes from those of the people around you. I think kids will enjoy it – I did!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I wrote this on the cover, but I’ll say it again: this book is an unexpected delight, beautifully illustrated and with a gentle message that is in many ways quite the opposite of the ugly duckling story: there are more important things than beauty, and our differences are also our strengths.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie is delightfully written and illustrated by Irina Goundortseva, an artist, freelance script supervisor, writer, animator and director. Her animation skills have been put to good use in this book, not only creating lovable characters, but also using moving picture devices like close-ups, different angles, and action sequences. Told through the eyes of a mosquito, this tale explores identity, friendship, the differences and similarities between us all, and courage. The mosquito places value on the beauty of a few butterflies who he is desperate to be friends with. In trying to be more like them, he finds himself, along with his butterfly friends, in deep trouble. ? How can the Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie save the day? You’ll have to get a copy of this joyous book and find out what happens…

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Irina Goundortseva’s colourful picture book explores the messages of self-acceptance and belief in your own abilities. A little mosquito loves to watch the beautiful butterflies fluttering their pretty wings. When the mozzie finally gathers the courage and asks to join the butterfly group, it is rejected. The butterflies even call the mozzie names. When the butterflies become caught in a collector’s net, they need the skills of the little insect to rescue them. Disguised as a butterfly with petal wings, the mosquito bites the human’s hand and the butterflies all escape. The moral of the story is to be comfortable with who you are. Different use of font sizes and easy to read text placed on a white background make this picture book suited to young readers. The soft watercolour and ink illustrations are bright and lively. This gender-neutral story is appealing to read to kindergarten and preschool children.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    A story of being satisfied with what you have, of celebrating your skills, of not always wanting to be like everyone else will have resonance in the classroom as this is an issue which besets younger children. This story opens that discussion admirably. Fran Knight

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Mozzie with the Sharp Snozzie is a book about looking inside of yourself to discover your true identity. It’s about accepting yourself, and being okay with it. It may be easy to overlook the significance of the species of minibeasts chosen to star in this picture book that Irina Goundortseva has illustrated with flair. But the author has chosen the characters with precision. The contrast between the two species with their colour and demeanour are at opposite ends of the spectrum, emphasizing the desperate need Mozzie has to feel acceptance …

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