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Snail boy

by McGuirk, Leslie.

Format: Print Book 2003
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In the colorful, quirky world of Leslie McGuirk, a pony-sized talking snail convinces the perfect boy to be his owner, and the pair builds a friendship strengthened by the differences between them. When you're a Gigantic Exotic Gastropod in full bloom, life can be pretty challenging. After all, there are plenty of Snail Catchers out there, not to mention circuses and zookeepers eager to put you on display. But finding just the right owner can be tricky, despite your obvious assets: no fur that needs brushing, an impressive vocabulary, and being big enough to ride on - very slowly, of course. Is there anyone in this fast-paced world who might consider Snail to be the coolest pet around?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "PreS-Gr. 2. A giant snail, as big as a pony, is convinced that his unique size makes him vulnerable to capture. So, he decides that his best chance for survival is to find a human owner, and soon he discovers a boy willing to take him on. The boy rides the snail, climbs inside its cozy shell during a rainstorm, and finally takes it home. This plot goes boldly forth to the very edges of the whimsical universe. Many children, though, are sure to enjoy the brief, humorous text, as well as the visual asides, such as the pet store hamsters, who hold up signs saying, cheap and pick me. The jokes and the bright, uncluttered ink-and-gauche illustrations may well extend the book's appeal beyond its core audience of kids who dream of owning giant snails. --Todd Morning Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Snail is "a Gigantic Exotic Gastropod in full bloom." He resembles a cartoon dinosaur, albeit with pale gray skin and a pastel blue-and-green shell. Furthermore, Snail is "as big as a pony," but by his own reckoning he's "better looking, and much more interesting." Because of his enormous size and lack of speed, Snail worries that a cruel Snail Hunter will put him in a cage or, worse, a French restaurant. He goes in search of a child who can be his owner, and sets his mind on a skateboarding boy: " `I'll ask him,' said Snail, `because he's alone, like me.' " The boy is startled and skeptical at first, but Snail wins him over by giving him a ride and doing tricks ("I think talking is my best trick of all, though, don't you?" Snail asks politely). When it rains, Snail invites the boy under the cover of his shell, thus proving an eminently practical pet. McGuirk (Tucker Flips) relies on understatement to tell this absurdist tale; if not for his power of speech and his species, Snail would be no more exotic than an oafish Labrador retriever. The author's na?ve ink-line drawings float in empty, undecorated fields of opaque color, and the tall pages appear too spacious for such simple contents. McGuirk's ingenuous characters and illustrations recall the quirky comedy of Neal Layton, while her amiable plot, in which an unusual animal yearns to become a pet, echoes last fall's more poignant That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child. Ages 3-7. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Snails -- Juvenile fiction.
Pets -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher Cambridge, Mass. :Candlewick Press,2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 0763612596
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