The Shnoos and Panoos Are Lost and Confused

Children - Preschool
26 Pages
Reviewed on 09/15/2017
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Author Biography

Catherine Copplestone is an author/illustrator and actor. She grew up in New England, surrounded by sisters, snow, and storybooks by authors such as Mercer Mayer, Sandra Boynton, and Maurice Sendak. Catherine eventually met Mr. Sendak when he spoke at her college graduation, and thinks that this meeting sparked her interest in writing and illustrating her own storybooks. She wrote "The Shnoos and Panoos" when she was feeling lost and confused, and it helped her feel better. She hopes it will do the same for you!

Catherine lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jordan, their boston terrier, Archer, and Future Baby Boy - arriving December 2017.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite

The Shnoos and Panoos Are Lost and Confused by Catherine Copplestone introduces young readers to the Shnoos and the Panoos, adorable and whimsical little creatures that have a wonderful life, doing exactly what they know they want to do in a garden where marshmallows grow. They have lots of fun playing tunes, dancing, making “amazing spectacular pants,” and enjoying themselves and life. They eat yummy snacks, love each other, and always say nice things to each other. But one day, everything changed. They forgot their joy; they forgot what to do; they forgot their purpose and meaning in life. Panic ensued and life was chaotic, confusing, and horrible, and it wasn’t fun anymore. The Shnoos and the Panoos argued amongst themselves. Then one little Shnoo came up with a miraculous solution... What could it be?

What a delightful story for both young and adult readers to share. The life lesson of choosing how to react, of choosing our emotions, of choosing love, peace and harmony over chaos and confusion, within this tale of the Shnoos and the Panoos is so simple, so perfect, that it really hit home for me as an adult reader. It’s so easy to be knocked off course by the winds of confusion, to lose our belief in ourselves and what is important, and that’s when we need to hold fast to what we know is true. I loved the delicate, charming illustrations, and how each little creature is made unique and special, from the one who makes “amazing, spectacular pants,” to the one who has a yen to travel to France (“Je suis un Panoo!”). The rhyming is impeccable and lyrical, and will draw the young reader into the story and the lesson. Some of the comments between the little creatures are hilarious and young readers will enjoy reading those aloud.

The lesson itself is quite advanced for young readers, but I think we underestimate children’s capacity for deeper thinking, realising what life is about, making choices, understanding concepts, and choosing their own path. These whimsical fantasy creatures are warm, friendly, and very appealing; they perfectly convey the author’s concept. The story also lends itself to further discussion between young readers and a parent or teacher about making choices and understanding feelings. The Shnoos and the Panoos learned a lesson that day ... and so can readers of all ages.

Dante Smith

Great read! My kids love it, they are three and five. Love the colors and the themes.


Great book, even for younger kids! My 2 year old loved the pictures and the rhymes (Shnoos and Panoos are very fun to say), and I can't wait to talk to her about the themes when she's a little older.

Stacy Davidowitz

An adorable and insightful read. Can't wait to share with my little niece!

Christi Beals

Not only does this book capture your heart with the wonderful world of the Shnoos and Pablo’s but it helps teach children about their emotions and how the choice to bring Joy into the world. The illustrations have captured my two year olds inquisitive mind and has prompted many conversations. This is such a rich book triggering imagination and insight.

Sheba Kumbhani

This book is truly special. It has a lovely whimsical quality that is a joy for parents to read and children to hear and see. The characters are cute and easy to love, while the lesson is one that so important to communicate. Reading this book has quickly become a nighttime staple in our home and referencing the Shnoos, Panoos, and marshmallows has become a regular daytime activity.

Walker Lawrence

The Shnoos and Panoos Are Lost and Confused by Catherine Copplestone is a wonderful tail that provides a meaningful tail that teaches both kids and adults a life long lesson. Given the challenges that kids young and old face socially the lesson is important.

The illustrations are creative, fun and whimsical. The rhyming and cadence draw the reader into the story. I'm so glad that we got the book and will be sharing it with friends and family.


I loved reading this book. I can totally imagine mothers reading this to their children. I'm sure the kids will ask to hear it over and over. The story rhymes so well and I think that appeals to children. The story is sweet and shares a great lesson. The drawing are super cute and very original. I highly recommend this book.

Jennifer Suddath

I loved the Shannoos and Panoos are Lost and Confused!
In a Dr. Seuss like style, Catherine Copplestone draws the reader and yound listener in with her soft and simple rhyme and rhythm. It is easy to identify with thefeeling of the Shanoos and Panoos - especially in the age of 2017-18 and the blame that is flying around our culture.
Like Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol - we love the little guy who shows up a the end and reminds all of us to return to the simple joys of life!
Thanks Catherine! My grandchildren loved it!