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I (Don't) Like Snakes Paperback – Picture Book, Sept. 18 2018

4.8 out of 5 stars 44 ratings

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From funny ("The snake wriggles out of its skin the way you pull your foot out of a sock, leaving the old skin inside out!") to shiver-inducing ("They have fangs that are hollow, like a doctor's needle, which inject venom. They strike like lightning"), the facts are captivating. Mixed-media drawings feature energetically scruffy lines and vibrant colors, and multiple scenes appear per page, showing the family at home and snakes in the wild. One close-up drawing of multicolored snake heads, emphasizing their varying lidless eyes, is downright beautiful...The protagonist isn't the only one who will find snakes spellbinding by the end.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Lozano expertly shifts between scribbly cartoons of the family and more naturalistic drawings of snakes and their anatomy, accompanied by information-packed captions from Davies...The book’s blend of playfulness and scientific detail make it a winner.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

While many readers won’t be as easily converted as the book’s narrator, this title may spur them on to learn more.
—School Library Journal

Davies perfectly balances the gross, cool, and scary to help readers appreciate this much-maligned reptile. Lozano’s illustrations extend this tone, adding humor and additional narrative to portrayals of the family as well as careful detailing of snake species in the more informative sections.
—The Horn Book

Although this might not cure ophidiophobia, its duo design will let it slide easily into a storytime setting or into the hands of older readers looking for more detailed information about snakes.

This book would make a clever mentor text for classroom animal reports, encouraging readers
and writers to think deeply about the creative ways to present both narratives and information.
—Literacy Daily

This is a worthwhile addition to the elementary school library, and could be useful to entice the reluctant nonfiction reader to give the genre a try.
—School Library Connection

About the Author

Nicola Davies trained as a zoologist and has written many award-winning books for children, including Extreme Animals and One Tiny Turtle. She wasn’t allowed to have a snake as a child, but she’s encountered snakes on her travels around the world. She lives in Devon, England.

Luciano Lozano’s illustrations are published regularly in magazines and books. He says, “I’ve loved drawing this family and their pet snakes. I drew until they made me smile, and sometimes they even smiled back.” He lives in Barcelona.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Candlewick; Illustrated edition (Sept. 18 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1536203238
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1536203233
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 204 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 23.19 x 0.36 x 25.1 cm
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I was born in Southern Spain.

I studied an MA Illustration at EINA, Barcelona in 2007 and live in that city since, working as a professional illustrator.

In 2017 I published Bea baila (Diana dances) in Spain. It was my first children’s book as an author and illustrator. It’s been edited in the USA, France, Italy, Turkey, and Russia.

I’ve just published my second book as an author and illustrator, Sirena de piedra (Stone Siren) in Spain by Tres Tigres tristes.

I collaborate regularly with newspapers, magazines and editorials worldwide.

Some other books I’ve published as an illustrator:

Operation Alphabet, 2011, Thames and Hudson in the UK, USA, France, Germany, The Netherlands.

Best 2011 Foreign Book Award Junceda, held by the Catalonian Association of Illustrators (APIC).

I don’t like snakes, Walker Book,

2014. USA, UK and Australia.

The bonsai pruner, Tres tigres tristes, 2015, Spain and France.

I’ve edited Una vaca and Burro el origen with

A buen paso Ed.

My work reflects a strong sense of colour and texture, a frequent use of traditional techniques, and an undercurrent of subtle humour running throughout.

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