Snails Are Just My Speed! by Kevin McCloskey | SLJ Review

K-Gr 1 –With hip and fun graphics, just enough “ick” factor, and plenty of facts, this title offers beginning readers a great deal of information about snails and slugs.
redstarMCCLOSKEY, Kevin. Snails Are Just My Speed! illus. by Kevin McCloskey. 40p. Toon Bks. May 2018. Tr ISBN 9781943145270.

K-Gr 1 –With hip and fun graphics, just enough “ick” factor, and plenty of facts, this title offers beginning readers a great deal of information about snails and slugs. McCloskey opens with a familiar idea—snails are slow—but springboards from that to unexpected tidbits such as how fast or slow snails move compared to other animals, why a lack of speed can be an advantage, and lots and lots about mucus. The author/illustrator quickly touches upon reproduction (“Snails shoot arrows at each other before they make babies”) and even finds space to look at the creatures as favorites in the drawing habits of monks of old—a segue into a spread devoted to how to draw a snail. VERDICT What a delight! Kindergartners will need some help with this one but will enjoy it, while first graders will savor the grossness on their own.–Henrietta Verma, Credo Reference, Jackson Heights, NY

This review was published in the School Library Journal May 2018 issue.

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