Watch Out, Snail!

Watch Out, Snail! illus. by Margaret Tolland. 40p. Starfish Bay. May 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781760360320.
PreS-Gr 2—This nocturnal tale follows a Powelliphanta snail on its nightly trek for food across the forest floor. The snail encounters a variety of creatures, including a rat, possum, and hedgehog, before finding an earthworm, which it promptly slurps up. The short sentence structure and large illustrated spreads make this title ideal for sharing, although some vocabulary words, such as marauding, will warrant practice before librarians read the book aloud. The snail's shell and trail are glossy on otherwise matte pages, adding dimension. The artwork is detailed, and the purple, brown, and green hues truly reflect the nighttime scene. Further information after the story provides some insight into the history of the Powelliphanta snail and will likely spark the interest of young bug enthusiasts.
VERDICT A great read-aloud. Recommended for most collections.

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