Review & Giveaway: Spaghetti Hunters

This week, UKLA award-winning author and illustrator Morag Hood is back with a brand new brilliantly funny and wonderfully silly picture book, this time featuring a duck, an uninvited tiny horse and a quest to find spaghetti.

Read on for our review of the book followed by a giveaway to win your own copy...

Book Title: Spaghetti Hunters (available here)

Author/Illustrator: Morag Hood

Publisher: Two Hoots

Publication Date: July 2020

Most Suitable For: EYFS and KS1

Reviewed By: Alison Leach

This hilarious new picture book from the award-winning children's author Morag Hood (well known for The Steves and I Am Bat, Brenda Is A Sheep) is to be highly recommended for children who love stories flavoured with tongue-in-cheek humour and a bit of a silly scenario.

Duck is in quite a flap. He is searching for his spaghetti and it is not going well. A self-assured tiny horse shows up to save the day - uninvited but not unwelcomed - and dives head first into the quest, confidently declaring that she is the greatest spaghetti hunter there has ever been. The spaghetti hunt begins, although it is a bit different from how Duck imagines and it results in Duck retreating to the sanctuary of his teapot with a good book to read instead.

It's yet to be decided whether what follows is a stroke of genius or luck on Duck's behalf, but before we know it, Duck has found a pasta recipe and out comes a bowl, spoons, flour, eggs and a pasta machine, as Duck takes matters into his own hands (or wings). All that's left now is the question for where to find sauce...

Morag Hood's trademark comedy style makes this picture book likely to be another hit with her growing fan base of young children and adults alike, showcasing harmless humour and a snowballing measure of silliness that masterfully descends - somehow - into being utterly ridiculous and making perfect sense at the same time. The characters are full of warmth and wit, the humour pitch is spot-on and the bold and comical illustrations are a joy, making this a lovely book for adults and children to delight in together and one that could easily lead to home cooking or conversations about where food comes from.

If you are looking for something new that's a bit different and certain to raise a smile, this is a top choice for an enjoyable storytime.

You can order Spaghetti Hunters online or from your local bookshop or library.


*****Book Giveaway!****

Thanks to the publishers at Two Hoots, we have a copy of Spaghetti Hunters to give away to our followers.

There are two ways to enter:

1. Twitter entry - To enter, follow @booksfortopics and RT the giveaway tweet.

2. Instagram entry - Follow @booksfortopics on Instagram & TAG in the giveaway post's comments a friend who may also like to win this book for their home or school library.

You can enter both ways for two entries! Giveaway closes 11.59pm 29th July (UK) -- terms and conditions here.


You can order Spaghetti Hunters online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and providing the giveaway prize. Check out the other stops on the blog tour, too.

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