I highly recommend you read this book in a French accent, but even if you can’t put it off, this is a great read-aloud. The story is told in first person from the point of view of Escargot as he travels to the “beautiful salad, with croutons and a light vinaigrette” at the end of the book. Along the way, Escargot chats with the reader about … himself! You may be thinking, “Escargot seems like he’s a bit full of himself,” but he really is an endearing character. He wants so much for you to choose the snail as your favorite animal, he devotes almost as much time telling you about the positive qualities of snails as he does traveling to his final destination. By the end of his journey, you will see that Escargot has just as much admiration for the reader as he does for himself. Dashka Slater nails Escargot’s voice. Sprinkling the text with French phrases (“magnifique” and “oh la la” and “bon appetit”) and simple facts about snails, adds charm and additional layers to the story. Sydney Hanson’s illustrations are a perfect match. Escargot is outfitted with a striped shirt, neck scarf, and beret. Need I say more? I’m sure Escargot would be pleased if you raced to your local book store or library to check out his story. On your mark … Get set … Go!
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.