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Seymour has always dreamed of being a great artist. But he’s shy about showing his artwork and, being a snail, he’s slow. Who will hire him?

When Seymour finds a job at the Speedy Arts Gallery, he is thrilled— until he finds himself sliming envelopes shut and delivering packages. Well, even great artists have to start somewhere. And who knows? Seymour’s big break might be just around the corner!

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Overview

Seymour has always dreamed of being a great artist. But he’s shy about showing his artwork and, being a snail, he’s slow. Who will hire him?

When Seymour finds a job at the Speedy Arts Gallery, he is thrilled— until he finds himself sliming envelopes shut and delivering packages. Well, even great artists have to start somewhere. And who knows? Seymour’s big break might be just around the corner!

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail:

“Young gradeschoolers will enjoy all the talk about slime and goo, as well as the puns about a friendly spider, who is working on something big––the World Wide Web. Children will also cheer for the small creature, who oozes along at a snail’s pace but triumphs in the end.”—Booklist

"Engaging characters and winning art create a solid addition to the field of transitional literature."—Kirkus Reviews

“With only a few sentences and at least one illustration per page, this title is perfect for students transitioning to chapter books.”—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Seymour is an artist and no one knows it. That is, until his friends accidentally discover his secret. The snail artist likes to make leaf prints, mud sculptures, and puddle paintings. His most beautiful designs are his puddle paintings created from the slime he makes. They dazzle and shine in the sunlight and are a spectacular display of artistry! Seymour has always dreamed of being a famous artist. With some encouragement from his friends, he applies at the art gallery in hopes of being discovered. However, to his dismay, he is the errand snail doing work for the boss, Mr. Stink Bug. Because snails are so slow it takes him a long time to do his job and he may lose his job if he does not hurry. In the meantime, the gallery owner, Coco La Roach, and other employees discover a brilliant work of art outside the gallery. They spend the morning trying to find out to whom the masterpiece belongs. Seymour has no clue what they are talking about. Little does he know that he is in for the biggest surprise of his life! Children will be delighted to examine this simply worded, yet fun to read chapter book. The wonderfully drawn black and white illustrations help the reader to see more of the story. Children will be enthralled with the adventure of Seymour and will not want to put the book down. This fun book would be great in the classroom to help children understand about diversity. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Shy Seymour is a closet artist, specializing in puddle paintings, leaf prints, and mud sculptures. After his friends discover his talents, they encourage him to make a career of his art. A few phone calls later, Seymour lands a job at the Speedy Arts Gallery. "I'd better get going," he says. "I start tomorrow. And it's a whole block away!" But Seymour finds his duties disappointing: sealing envelopes and delivering packages are not what he had in mind, and his new boss, Mr. Stink Bug, seems impossible to please. Even worse, Seymour is working so hard that he can't find time to look at the work created by a mysterious new artist. With only a few sentences and at least one illustration per page, this title is perfect for students transitioning to chapter books. Some of the story's humor seems aimed more at adults than kids (a spider tells Seymour he's onto something big—the World Wide Web—and an earwig tells him, "the job market is sluggish"). However, Cushman's black-and-white cartoons delineate the characters and add humor and perspective. Readers will enjoy seeing how Seymour uses the phone and understand why a flight of stairs is such an obstacle for him. Suggest this for readers not quite ready for Katie Speck's Maybelle in the Soup (Holt, 2007).—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews
Budding artist Seymour the Snail gains experience by working at a local gallery. Employed by the demanding Mr. Stink Bug, shy Seymour struggles with mundane tasks and hears rumors that there is an inspiring artist in town. When the artist's identity is revealed, Seymour's world changes dramatically. The brief chapters assist readers transitioning from beginning fiction to longer selections. Detailed, shaded drawings fill each page and provide emotional depth. Seymour Snail is an endearing artist; with his tilted beret and paintbrush in mouth, he paints with passion. Cushman's anthropomorphized bugs from the art gallery are a hoot; their sunglasses, beaded necklaces and high heels portray their fast-paced lifestyle. Creative wordplay abounds: Slow Seymour works as the Speedy Art Gallery, and jokes often serve the older reader. The spider with the business card shares, "I'm onto something big. It's called the World Wide Web." Engaging characters and winning art create a solid addition to the field of transitional literature. (Fantasy. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805086980
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 727,657
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

LYNN E. HAZEN writes books for children of all ages. She lives in San Francisco, California.

DOUG CUSHMAN has illustrated many books for young readers and written a bunch, too, including the Aunt Eater series. He lives in Paris, France.

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Chapter One

 

Today's the Day

Seymour woke up in a happy mood. He took a puddle bath. He did his morning stretches, nibbled his leafy greens, and drank a bit of dew.

Seymour looked out his window. He felt inspired, so he painted a few pictures Then he checked his calendar. "Oh goody," said Seymour. "My friends are visiting today."

He looked around his leafy home. "Uh-oh," he said. "I'd better hide my paintings."

Seymour hoped to be a great artist someday. But he felt shy about showing his work.

So he hid his puddle paintings under the sofa. He stashed his leaf prints behind a lamp. But how could he hide his big mud sculptures?

"Hmm," said Seymour. "I have an idea!"

He covered one sculpture with a tablecloth and a pot of flowers. He covered the other one with a hat. Seymour oozed back to see how it looked.

"I hope no one notices," he said.

Ding dong.

"Wow," said Seymour. "My friends are here."

Seymour chatted with Roly Poly, Lady Bug, and Cricket. They had a lovely time until a big gust of wind blew in.

Excerpted from The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail by Lynn E.Hazen

Copyright © 2009 by Lynn E.Hazen

Published in 2009 Henry Holt and Company, LLC

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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