DON’T TAKE YOUR SNAKE FOR A STROLL by Karin Ireland

DON’T TAKE YOUR SNAKE FOR A STROLL

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the tradition of Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (1989) and Hints from Heloise (1984), here is a collection of things readers might not want to do and places they might not want to go with several types of outrageous, exotic pets. “Don’t take your duck to a wedding reception / Where punch is served in a fountain. / He’ll take one look and jump in for a swim. / No, it’s better you go there without him.” The tyke in each of the double-paged, full-bleed illustrations has quite a menagerie. In the end, he wisely leaves his animals safely tucked in at home and takes only his family with him when he goes out. Adult author Ireland’s second outing for youngsters is sure to entertain the young with its silliness and the old with its witty rhymes. Catrow has been let loose here, his bright, typically bizarre watercolors an excellent match even if the male duck mentioned in the verse above seems somehow to have laid eggs in the punch. It’s a zoo full of fun for anyone. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-15-202361-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2003




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