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Veronica grew up in Hampshire and Hong Kong with an assortment of animals, including an imaginary pet dinosaur who slept on her bed.
She works in a primary school in Southampton, where she lives with three cats, two snakes, one guinea pig and a large number of lizards.
Her debut novel The Extincts is a wonderfully funny and charming adventure with more than a hint of Dahl...
Taken from an original story by E.A Wyke-Smith, published in 1927 and acknowledged by Tolkein as an inspiration for The Hobbit, which has been brought back to life, with the agreement of the author’s family, by a writer who has already demonstrated her storytelling skill with her previous books - The Extincts and The Halloweeds. The glorious cover and internal line drawings by Melissa Castrillón are just perfect for this perfectly whimsical and imaginative tale. We have two feisty characters, Pip and Flora, who run away from the Sunny Bay Home for Superfluous and Accidentally Parentless Children, ostensibly in pursuit of their newly acquired puppy, but really in search of adventure- which they find in bucketloads as they dive through a gap in a yew tree into another world! A world where they meet the eponymous Snergs - the creatures who are so hobbitlike in their physique and their obsession for communal feasting. They did not realise they already knew a Snerg - the delightfully comic and more than slightly gormless Gorbo who had just been sacked from Sunny Bay. He becomes their guide to the world, as they come up against the Snerg’s arch enemies, the Kelps, and witches, ogres, cinnamon bears and all sorts of monstrous vegetation. Told with great verve and wit, this would make an excellent read-aloud. The adventure is fast paced and with just the right amount of peril and mystery and a very satisfying resolution. The characters grow and develop and the hapless Gorbo actually saves the day and brings harmony to both the worlds. This could make a fascinating book to read alongside The Hobbit and is a real delight in its own right.
May 2013 Debut of the Month A riotous debut novel in which all kinds of very unlikely things happen to likeable George when he takes on a job at Wormestall Farm. It’s a job with a difference - and it comes with a warning. ‘No Squamaphobes’. If George had known what it meant, he might have taken more notice! George finds that Wormstall Farm has some very unusual creatures in it such as dinosaurs in the duck pond and Mortifer, a giant basilisk. Can George really look after this unlikely menagerie? It’s a ludicrous challenge – and a fun one! A Piece of Passion from Publisher Barry Cunningham “We all know the truth, don’t we? If you go down to the woods – the animals are not going to make you tea and toast! Especially if the beasts are rather unexpected, a tiny bit dangerous, and you have to look after them/save the species/deal with horrible rogues. Veronica Cossanteli’s world is outstandingly bonkers and really wild fun. (By the way, you should know she keeps pet snakes and writes with a lizard on her head. It’s true!)” In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Extincts a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'The Extincts is exciting, packed full of adventure and naturally the best book I have read for ages. '. Scroll down to read more reviews...