FICTION

A Book for Escargot

Farrar. Apr. 2020. 40p. adapted by illus. by Sydney Hanson. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374312862.
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K-Gr 2–Escargot is a slippery snail bursting with personality. He likes kisses, salad, and books. However, when he wants to spice up his lunch menu, he slowly searches for a cookbook and a new recipe, leaving a trail of slime in his wake. Unfortunately, the book he finds is inspired by Julia Child’s Art of French Cooking. Its signature recipe? Escargot! Along his journey, Escargot encourages readers to give him kisses and pep talks. The interactivity may amuse younger readers, while older readers will either groan at or laugh at the snail-inspired book puns like Harry GastroPodder and the Chamber of Salads. Hanson’s illustrations are warm and inviting, making Escargot the cuddliest snail ever.
VERDICT This installment lacks the simplicity of Escargot’s debut (Escargot), but it is still a fun interactive book that will have readers practicing their own over-the-top French accent.

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