Sneaky Snobby

Children - Picture Book
42 Pages
Reviewed on 03/08/2023
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Author Biography

Jennifer Kvam is the author of Sneaky Snobby and makes her home in the small Swedish town of Mora, MN with her husband, four children, Lou the Lab, and the rest of their Labrador pack. She has enjoyed homeschooling her children for over 24 years. Jennifer loves to read, write books, spend time in the pottery studio, quilt, ice fish and garden in the summer with Lou at her side. She also loves exercising her loyal Labradors on her rural acreage. She hopes her book will bring laughter to children of all ages while encouraging them to build friendships and stop bullying.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

There’s a bully in every group; even amongst adults, bullies prevail. They take pride in taking what’s not theirs to take like friends and toys and anything that makes someone happy. JoJo calls her neighbor Sneaky Snobby because that’s exactly what she is. Sneaky Snobby thinks she’s the queen, that she lives in a castle, and that everything and everyone is hers for the taking. Basically, she’s jealous of JoJo, so Sneaky Snobby sets out to make JoJo’s life miserable, including stealing JoJo’s best friend, Chad. Only, JoJo is a bit too smart for Sneaky Snobby to win this round and JoJo has a real hero in her loyal dog, Lou.

Jennifer Kvam’s picture book, Sneaky Snobby, addresses the terrible truth about bullies. Told in lyrical, rhyming verse, the story follows the bully, Sneaky Snobby, from JoJo’s point of view (first person narrative) as Sneaky Snobby tries everything to ruin JoJo’s life, including stealing her best friend. Readers will instantly feel compassion for the angst that befalls the narrator, JoJo, and they’ll be cheering her on as she combats the bully, using kindness and care with every action she takes. The author cleverly manipulates her choice of vocabulary to come up with the most ingenious rhyming words, like twirled and world, work and smirk, and many others. The illustrations are superb and accurately depict the emotions being expressed; the depiction of Sneaky Snobby is very telling. This is a great story to teach young readers about healthy friendships, caring for others and just being kind.

Malia Arries

The ideal combination of children who act like real kids, an adorable big dog, and a cat with an attitude makes this a winning story that readers will enjoy! How the nice kid triumphs over the not-so-nice kid is the message this book teaches through clever, memorable rhymes that are brought to life with illustrations.
The pages are sturdy enough for little hands to turn, and the number of pages matches the attention span for young readers. I highly recommend this book to families with kids, and what a great gift idea for other families with kids! The stunning cover illustration of “Sneaky Snobby” will keep it on my sofa table for even my not-so-young-guests to admire.