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Snails Are Just My Speed!

By: Kevin McCloskey

Snails might seem simple—after all, they're just one shell and a whole lot of slime. But these slow, squishy creatures are more complicated than they appear! Full-color illustrations done in acrylic paint.

ISBN: 9781943145270

JLG Release: May 2018


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Topics: Snails , Animal behavior and characteristics

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Awards & Honors

2019 EGL Award Finalist, Children Nonfiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
With hip and fun graphics, just enough “ick” factor, and plenty of facts, this title offers beginning readers a great deal of information about snails and slugs. McCloskey opens with a familiar idea—snails are slow—but springboards from that to unexpected tidbits such as how fast or slow snails mo
[STARRED REVIEW]
With hip and fun graphics, just enough “ick” factor, and plenty of facts, this title offers beginning readers a great deal of information about snails and slugs. McCloskey opens with a familiar idea—snails are slow—but springboards from that to unexpected tidbits such as how fast or slow snails move compared to other animals, why a lack of speed can be an advantage, and lots and lots about mucus. The author/illustrator quickly touches upon reproduction (“Snails shoot arrows at each other before they make babies”) and even finds space to look at the creatures as favorites in the drawing habits of monks of old—a segue into a spread devoted to how to draw a snail. VERDICT What a delight! Kindergartners will need some help with this one but will enjoy it, while first graders will savor the grossness on their own.—Henrietta Verma, Credo Reference, Jackson Heights, NY

Horn Book

McCloskey tackles the subject of snails (including plenty of talk about mucus— “YUCK!”) in his newest addition to the Giggle and Learn early reader comics series (We Dig Worms! and others). Fascinating (if occasionally vague) facts are shared about how snails move (slowly); the variety of snail species, sizes, and habitats; and even snail cou McCloskey tackles the subject of snails (including plenty of talk about mucus— “YUCK!”) in his newest addition to the Giggle and Learn early reader comics series (We Dig Worms! and others). Fascinating (if occasionally vague) facts are shared about how snails move (slowly); the variety of snail species, sizes, and habitats; and even snail courtship rituals. The illustrations—sometimes realistic, sometimes humorous—are rendered with acrylics on parchment-style paper. The omniscient, informational text is presented in all-caps while a racially diverse cast of human characters and a group of animals react to the details through lighthearted, speech-bubbled side conversations (while hiding from a predator, two snails comment: “Our shells make us look like rocks!” “Sh-h-h-h-h!”). One piece of trivia McCloskey includes is that monks often drew images of snails: “no one knows why monks drew so many snails…maybe it’s because…snails are fun to draw!” Fittingly, the book ends with step-by-step instructions for readers to create their own doodles of the gastropods: “Don’t forget the mucus!” -Elisa Gall, Horn Book

Book Details

ISBN

9781943145270

First Release

May 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

594/.3

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.6; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 1.6; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level 490L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

TOON

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Snails, Animal behavior and characteristics,

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