I (Don’t) Like Snakes

Nicola Davies, illus. by Luciano Lozano. Candlewick, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-7831-9
“Some families have dogs, or cats, or birds. But my family has snakes. They love them!” explains an exasperated girl. One by one, her hipstery family members, who lounge around the house draped in snakes, dissect her anti-snake arguments. “Snakes have to slither,” says Mom. “It’s the only way they can move.” And those “creepy” stares? “They stare... because they can’t blink,” Dad tells her. Lozano expertly shifts between scribbly cartoons of the family and more naturalistic drawings of snakes and their anatomy, accompanied by information-packed captions from Davies. The narrator overcomes her aversion a bit too easily, but the book’ blend of playfulness and scientific detail make it a winner. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/31/2015
Release date: 09/08/2015
Genre: Children's
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