Wonderful Life by Helen Ward

I’ve found another writer / illustrator:  Helen Ward.  I have quite a few of her books already, but they are all illustrated by Wayne Anderson so I never twigged.  I found Wonderful Life at a book sale and promptly bought two copies.


It is the story of a little creature, an Ift called Snutt.  Snutt is an explorer and a dreamer who travels through space finding life all over the universe:


As usual with the children’s picture books, I cannot  convey the impact of the illustrations.  They are large double page spreads about 60cm wide.  The best I can do is show you some details.

This is a great story to read aloud, full of the   funny and fabulous names of the creature he discovers.  ” Blossiblums” , ” tuffetilss”, “euphoric florifors” and “sticky-footed flewimols”.


Snutt it overawed by the diversity and beauty around him.  I defies his attempts to record and measure.


He misses having some-one to share his joyful discoveries with.  He is lonely.


Luckily there is another explorer on the planet, a Waft, and pretty soon, they run into one another:


Snut in his joy at meeting the Waft,  undergoes a surprising transformation, and it turns out that he is just as amazing as the creatures and plants he has been examining:


And Helen Ward reminds us that it is, after all, a wonderful universe and a Wonderful Life:



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nymeth
    Jul 06, 2009 @ 13:46:58

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Shanra
    Jul 06, 2009 @ 19:27:29

    Oooh. That looks so cute! And the artwork is absolutely lovely. ^-^ I really like it. Thanks for introducing me! ^-^

  3. mashadutoit
    Jul 06, 2009 @ 21:19:36

    Yes isnt it cute. I was really moved by this book. And impressed by the drawing, too.

  4. pilarcat
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 15:29:33

    Ooh! Beautiful 😀

  5. drtombibey
    Oct 25, 2009 @ 14:02:51

    I hope you might read my ‘Wonderful Life’ story called ‘Somebody Touched Me.’ It is on my blog today. The link is: drtombibey.wordpress.com

    Dr. B

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