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Review: I (Don’t) Like Snakes

August 28, 2015

I (Don't) Like Snakes

Everyone in a young girl’s family loves snakes, except her.  When she says, “I really, really, REALLY don’t like snakes!,” the rest of her family asks her why.  She tells them all the reasons, they explain things to her and, as she learns more about snakes, she discovers she “really, really, REEEEEALLLLY” likes them.

I have to admit that I was drawn to I Don’t Like Snakes by Nicola Davies because, well, I don’t like snakes.  To be truthful, I’m scared to death of them.  I can’t say that I love them after reading this book but I can say that I loved this fantastic book and wonder if I would like snakes more if it had been around when I was young.

I (Don't) Like Snakes interior

The story in this book is a lot of fun and is a great way to teach children about snakes.  Davies covers everything from the way snakes move to how they use their tongues, to what they eat.  She also explains the way they hunt and kill their prey, how they shed, and how they’re born.  Luciano Lozano’s colorful illustrations are the perfect complement to this fact filled book.  I’m way past the target age but I learned a lot from this book and cannot recommend it enough to young readers who want a fun story or are curious about animals.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2015 6:49 am

    The pictures are really cute!

  2. Patty permalink
    August 28, 2015 7:34 am

    That is such a great book for kids! I love the illustrations…they remind me of the Matilda illustrations…Roald Dahl? Plus fun and facts are an unbeatable combination.

  3. August 28, 2015 9:40 am

    Sounds like a great book. Snakes are fascinating….as long as they are far away from me! Would be a great book for school!

  4. August 28, 2015 10:15 am

    I’m not afraid of snakes and have even held a huge one before. My mom and dad’s neighbor had 3 very large ones and they used to come over everyday and lay on the hedge at their front door. This sounds like a fun book and would be a great gift for any child to teach them about snakes.

  5. Literary Feline permalink
    August 28, 2015 11:28 am

    what a fun book!

  6. August 28, 2015 11:28 am

    This would be a good book for my daughter. She is scared of almost any thing that is a reptile or insect.

  7. August 28, 2015 12:53 pm

    the illustrations look really fun.

  8. August 28, 2015 2:44 pm

    This does sound like a great book. I like that it is informative.

  9. August 28, 2015 4:49 pm

    This sounds like a fine read. I’m with you on the hating snakes bit…fearing them really. I scream when I see them or hear them falling from trees…etc. EEK

  10. August 28, 2015 5:22 pm

    I’m not fond of snakes but I like the look of this book!

  11. August 30, 2015 6:18 pm

    I don’t like snakes either. You are brave to read this one! It sounds really cute though.

  12. August 30, 2015 7:36 pm

    I don’t like snakes either and I am not sure I would have liked them as a kid. I was pretty much scared of anything crawly creepy. But I guess I could have been more positive towards them.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    September 1, 2015 8:28 am

    Sounds like a great book to use in the classroom too! I’m not a fan either and don’t know if a book could change my mind!

  14. September 1, 2015 10:57 am

    Oh, I’m off to see if our library has this one. Gage is really into Slither, Snake right now so I know he’d love to learn more.
    I don’t like snakes either!

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