I received a finished copy of this book from @scholastic_au in exchange for my honest review.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie were quintessential characters from both my own childhood and my parents’ childhood. I suppose even my Grandparents grew up with the adventurous little gum nuts.
If you aren’t from Australia, their stories might not be known to you at all, but these precious gum nuts encouraged me to always be kind to nature. I was certain that the trees were filled with fairies and all-sorts.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are a gum nut brothers that one day decide to sneak out of their home and go on an adventure to see an infamous human in person. Along the way they are pulled into many different directions, meeting life-long friends and enemies.
“That night, when the moon was up, they danced before the big Bears. Mr and Mrs Bear were so amused that they laughed all night. Mrs Kookaburra heard the fuss and came to see what was happening. She, too, laughed all night, and the Bush rang with laughter.”– pg. 17 Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, May Gibbs
The comradery among the gum nuts is heart warming, and reading about the all of the wildlife and fauna coming together to help each other and fix problems is always heart warming.
I do think that some of the language used in these works doesn’t particularly stand the test of time, and if I was to read these stories to a little one there would be other elements that I would also be withholding from them, such as the frank discussions around violence and death of characters along the way. So please do read through before passing on, in case you aren’t prepared to explain these elements to your little ones yet.
“So they went back to the Uncle’s shop and bought a nice suit for Cuddlepie, and they both went strutting down the street, feeling most important.”– pg. 44 Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, May Gibbs
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie often do and say things that I can imagine would have been brilliant sounding as a kid, that now make me chuckle. They are so oblivious and so courageous, it is incredibly easy to fall in to step with their story and forget that you’re reading about to little gum nuts and not actual children. I think that is what makes May Gibb’s stories so magical, they can be about the most wild things and still feel so comforting and relatable.
This new bind up of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’s adventures is filled with the wonderful illustrations that always accompanies May Gibb’s work. The font is very easy to read and will be the perfect addition to my classics shelf.