THE AMAZING TRAIL OF SEYMOUR SNAIL by Lynn E. Hazen

THE AMAZING TRAIL OF SEYMOUR SNAIL

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Budding artist Seymour the Snail gains experience by working at a local gallery. Employed by the demanding Mr. Stink Bug, shy Seymour struggles with mundane tasks and hears rumors that there is an inspiring artist in town. When the artist’s identity is revealed, Seymour’s world changes dramatically. The brief chapters assist readers transitioning from beginning fiction to longer selections. Detailed, shaded drawings fill each page and provide emotional depth. Seymour Snail is an endearing artist; with his tilted beret and paintbrush in mouth, he paints with passion. Cushman’s anthropomorphized bugs from the art gallery are a hoot; their sunglasses, beaded necklaces and high heels portray their fast-paced lifestyle. Creative wordplay abounds: Slow Seymour works as the Speedy Art Gallery, and jokes often serve the older reader. The spider with the business card shares, “I’m onto something big. It’s called the World Wide Web.” Engaging characters and winning art create a solid addition to the field of transitional literature. (Fantasy. 5-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8698-0
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2009




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