Snail & Worm All Day: Three Stories About Two Friends

HMH. (Snail and Worm). Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780358063643.
K-Gr 2– The silly pair of friends returns in this third installment. In the “Best Day Ever,” Snail manages to make lemonade out of lemons by appreciating the wonderful things happening to those around him even though his day hasn’t gone so well. What’s more, Snail’s day starts looking up as he remembers that his shoes are not missing—in fact, he doesn’t wear shoes! In “The Spooky Cave,” Snail is convinced that a friendly turtle is a terrible dragon in a cave, and is relieved when he successfully “runs” away. (In fact, the turtle got up and left). In “A Bedtime Story,” Snail cannot fall asleep, so his friend Worm tries to tell him a story, which really turns out to be a sweet conversation about their friendship. As with its predecessors, the text is all dialogue-based, and is color-coded by speaker with the exception of text on darker illustrations, which is white for legibility.
VERDICT The friendly and cheerful cartoon illustrations effectively enhance the story’s sweet humor. Recommended wherever the other books are popular.

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