“Laybourn’s original rhythmical language echoes the best work of Dr Seuss”. - Swallow’s Nest, a review by children’s book author, Safie Maken Findlay.
“I was particularly taken with the quality of de Jong’s eye-grabbing illustrations, which bring the story to life remarkably well and will make the book stand out on any young child’s bookshelves”. - Swallows Nest, the children’s book site.
“The story itself is great. I like that the boy finds the robot and has to figure out how he works. I really liked the tongue-twistery feel to the rhyme in the story. It reminds me a bit of Dr Seuss”. - This Kid Reviews Books, review by Erik.
“Written in rhyme with assonance ... makes it fun to read aloud to young children. The illustrations of Dylan are modelled on the real-life son of the author”. - KidsBooksNZ, review by Maria Gill.
Sneezle Beezle was deliberately written in a quirky, bouncy, tongue-twisting rhyme so it would be amusing to children and fun for parents to read. Sneezle Beezle has now become much more than a child’s imaginary friend. - Kids’ Book Review, posted by Anouska Jones.
SNEEZLE BEEZLE CO-STAR AND HIS DAD
Dylan, who stars with his robot friend, Sneezle Beezle, in the book, is pictured here with his dad, Bruce, during their latest reunion - in August in Istanbul, Turkey.
Bruce wrote Sneezle Beezle to help Dylan learn English so father and son could communicate
OUR ILLUSTRATOR BACK IN NEW ZEALAND
The man behind the beautifully-crafted Sneezle Beezle illustrations, Vincent de Jong, is back in Hawke's Bay after a few months adventuring overseas.
Vincent and Bruce plan to collaborate on the second book, "Sneezle Beezle - the Secret Scroll". all that can be revealed at this stage about the new book is that Sneezle Beezle and Dylan discover a secret scroll placed in a hidden compartment in Sneezle's trunk, a farewell gift from his maker, the monk.
It is September, 2013, a hot summer’s night in Istanbul. The Ortakoy apartment has no air conditioning but windows are wide open to let in a feeble breeze from the Bosphorus.A barrow boy, resplendent in white undies, calls for our attention. He is open for business and his biggest seller is a new kids' book called “Sneezle Beezle”.
His copies are home-made off an office printer, a prototype of the commercial print edition just released.