The Sultan's snakes, like the other objects on these sparsely decorated pages, are patterned in stripes, hearts, arrows, bricks, and other geometric designs. So when the snakes, bored in their basket, decide to play a trick on the Sultan, readers will spot them everywhere--doubling as urn handles, teapot spout, bedspread design, bathtub faucets, door knockers, fence pickets, and more--though the Sultan searches every room of the palace to no avail. Despite the prevalance of pattern these black, white, and purple pages are far from opulent in appearance. Visually, in fact, they're disappointingly flat. However, as players of the hidden picture game, the sultan's snakes prove amusingly ingenious.