Snail Has Lunch – Mary Peterson

511bnqdo7jl  Snail Has Lunch – Mary Peterson, Aladdin Pix, (9781481453028), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  5

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  In five short chapters, readers go on an adventure with Snail and his friend Ladybug.  Snail lives in a rusty bucket and never ventures outside since he has everything he needs.  Even though Ladybug visits every day and tells Snail “…stories about her friends or stories about the newest tasty treat in the garden…” Snail will not budge.  But one day, the farmer takes the bucket and Snail is unceremoniously dumped onto the dirt.  Ladybug finally convinces Snail to check out the garden and Snail realizes all that he has been missing.  Snail tastes lots of vegetables and fruits and meets Gopher and Rabbit. This is a wonderful story about friendship and venturing outside one’s comfort zone.  The bright illustrations are full of fun and expression.  Snail and Ladybug converse in word bubbles and the font is very easy to read. This is a great book for readers beginning to branch out towards chapter books.  Readers will be eagerly awaiting more books in this series from the author.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a perfect book to hand top children moving from easy readers to chapter books.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Easy readers

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/24/17             


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