Poetry Box reviews Hazel and the Snails


Paula Green at Poetry Box reviews Hazel and the Snails.

Nan’s book is snail paced and that is a very good thing because when you read at the pace of a snail you get to absorb so much more. I love reading slow and even slower and gliding through the gleam of a story. Then again there are speedy bits where I zoom faster to find out what happens – such as when Hazel’s beads go flying.

This book is also polished. I was imagining a troop of squirrels polishing the words and the sentences until they shone because the writing is so beautifully crafted. It sings in my ears. It is plain and it is fresh and it is sometimes surprising (the similes are excellent!).

Read the full review here.