In this short picture book, debut author Peterson expands a simple joke into a fun story.
The book opens with a view of a building labeled “Creation Station.” Inside, a snake and a cat sit in a waiting room. The snake is called in to have a meeting with God—portrayed as a large, bearded man with skin that looks like a starry sky. He tells the newly created snake that he’ll be able to crawl on land, climb trees, and swim. When God asks if the reptile has any other questions, he replies, “How fast will I run?” God nervously notes that they “ran out” of legs. Then a centipede walks in to ask God if it’s really necessary for him to have 100 legs. The snake is annoyed, and God says, “You weren’t supposed to see that.” Russell’s (What I Remember About Dinosaurs, 2012) images are cute, dynamic, and colorful throughout. The text is chiefly dialogue, presented in cartoonish word bubbles, which will make the story appealing to young readers with an affinity for comic books, which this one resembles. Although the title and depiction of God may lead one to believe that this is Judeo-Christian fiction, the book contains no specific religious allusions, making it appropriate for all audiences.
An amusing book for joke-obsessed early readers.