Snizzly Snouts

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Snizzly Snouts is Marcus’ translation of an illustrated Flemish children’s book called Rare Snuiters by Jan Dewitte, with iollustrations by Freya Vlerick.

In very large format, it consists of a poetic alphabet of 26 weird and wonderful creatures who will make you laugh.

It is to be published in De Haan, Belgium, on 4 October and later in Dublin by the Association for the Blind.

It comes with a CD of the poems and texts in braille for print disabled readers.

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THE JAGUAR

The jaguar has spots
which are rather nice
I must confess.
Mother has them too
on her sexy dress.

That her spots are false
she can’t conceal.
Mother is imitation,
jaguars are real.

 

THE TAPIR

A tapir is a beast
with a peculiar snout:
you think it’s a trunk
but no water comes out.

He often goes round
making a trumpeting sound:
then he’s pretending to be an elephant, you see

 

THE QUETZAL

The quetzal is handsome
and deserves his fame
but I wish he hadn’t
such a difficult name.

As he swoops through the air
what a marvellous sight!
With his long flowing tail
like a red and green kite.

His beautiful colours
I’ll remember – and yet
his impossible name
I’ll quickly forget.