Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this Peter Rabbit-esque cautionary tale, a mischievous young snake learns the hard way that wanderlust can be hazardous to his health. Gray (Fenton's Leap; Dear Willie Rudd) rouses the reader with her rhythmic, punched-up prose: ``I'm a grassy grassy/ garter snake/ a sassy sassy/ flashy flashy/ tail twisting/ tail turning/ tail snapping/green snake/ hiss a hiss/ a hiss a hiss/ a hisssssssss...'' Key words and phrases are rendered as part of Meade's (This Is the Hat) vibrant torn-paper collage artwork, accenting the book's bouncy beat. Bright green, blue and purple swatches, used to depict the garden and its activity, are outlined in white for dramatic visual effect. After an even more curious cat unwittingly frees the little snake from the glass jar in which a human has trapped him, the unrepentant serpent quickly convinces his siblings to slither off to new adventures across the garden wall. Despite some occasionally clumsy turns of phrase, the abundant use of onomatopoeia and bold, graphic artwork make this sibilant storybook a natural candidate for read-alouds. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This precious collection of torn paper collages is packed with tongue twisters. They roll along and tell the tale of a tiny snake so chock-full of curiosity that he sneaks away from the protection of his mama and ends up captured in a glass jelly jar. Great lesson, wonderful language experience. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
The classic story of a child or animal who disobeys and gets in trouble is told with words and torn paper illustrations. The illustrations overwhelm the text. A small green snake is very curious about the world outside his home. The parallels with Peter Rabbit are very clear. A child just beginning to read could memorize the repetitive parts of this book and help to tell the story.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A squiggly, wiggly, truly adventurous Small Green Snake disobeys his mother and goes off exploring on his own. Just as she warned, he is caught and put in a glass jelly jar. A curious cat accidentally frees him, and he returns home, shares his travel tales, and lures the whole family out on his next outing. This is a romping, rhyming delight of a story that must be read aloud so that the many S's and the great words and catchy phrases can be fully enjoyed. The fresh and funny torn-paper collages are a perfect complement to the spirited text.-Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City