I Written by Nicola Davies and
DON’T LIKE SNAKES
illustrated by Luciano Lozano
Walker Books, UK, USA and Canada 2015
A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook about one of the world's most hated creatures – the snake!A fascinating Nature Storybook, by award-winning writer and zoologist Nicola Davies, about one of the world's most hated creatures – the snake! Perhaps it's the way they slither, or maybe it's their slimy, scaly skin ... whatever the reason, many of us shiver at the thought of a snake – and so does the little girl in this book. But the rest of her family loves them and as they tell her more about snakes (did you know they have no eyelids, smell with their tongues and can swim?) she has a change of heart, and by the end of the book she loves them too. Luciano Lozano's stylish, colourful and informative illustrations perfectly match the warmth and humour of the text.
“This is an unusual and amusing tale about a girl who doesn't share her family's enthusiasm for snakes. However, as they tell her more about the incredible reptiles, she has a change of heart.
Written by a zoologist, this extremely informative book contains a wealth of fascinating facts, such as snakes have no eyelids so cannot blink; they use their tongues to smell; and after killing their prey they swallow their victims whole.
There are two styles of illustration and text, to distinguish between the fictional story and the factual elements. The sketchy illustrations add humour, and an index and bibliography are a useful addition. This is a great book for children who love to absorb factual information, and of course for snake lovers too.”
“This little girl has a problem. Her family doesn’t have dogs, or cats, or birds—they have snakes! And she really, really, really really doesn’t like snakes. Her family can’t understand her dislike, but they canhelp her understand why snakes do the things they do and look the way they look. And maybe once she knows more, she will start to like snakes a little . . . or even a lot. Packed with snake trivia, this clever story includes realistic illustrations and simple explanations of snake behavior sure to make even slither-phobic readers shed their misconceptions about these fascinating reptiles. Back matter includes a note about snakes, a bibliography, and an index.”