In their latest fiendish take on a maligned species, Snakes! by David T. Greenberg, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, slithery reptiles take center stage. An otherwise brave main character and his puppy find their home terrorized by ""[a] hundred thousand salivating snakes!"" The tone moves from ominous to playful: ""Snakes as playground swings/ Snakes as teething rings."" But even after he has seemingly conquered his fear, one final twist (or constriction, more precisely) awaits the boy.