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Such a succulent slug. . .

A self-assured slug slinks up a suspicious sloping surface. Scoffing at shouts of "Stop!" from spectators, the smug slug finally reaches the summit. Is he in for a shocking surprise?

In this companion to the popular Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke, Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole have created another alliterative adventure that will leave kids laughing out loud.

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Overview

Such a succulent slug. . .

A self-assured slug slinks up a suspicious sloping surface. Scoffing at shouts of "Stop!" from spectators, the smug slug finally reaches the summit. Is he in for a shocking surprise?

In this companion to the popular Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke, Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole have created another alliterative adventure that will leave kids laughing out loud.

"This slug is so appealing and full of personality that it will certainly garner sympathy. The cover alone is enough to get readers to select this book." (Starred review)
School Library JournalA sparrow, spider, stink bug and several others are all screaming warnings at an unsuspecting slug. But the slug calmly continues slithering its way up a highly suspect slope. Should the show-off listen? Why is everyone screaming at the slug?

From the creators of the hilarious Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke comes another tongue-twisting alliterative adventure. Children will love sleuthing out the hidden "S'" in Henry Cole's sumptuous illustrations. And a shocking surprise ending will inflict children with unstoppable laughs!

1997 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts (NCTE)
Best Books of 1996 (SLJ)

Author Biography:

Pamela Duncan Edwards has wowed audiences with a wealth of winning tales. Her children's books include Roar, Livingstone Mouse, Some Smug Slug, Barefoot, and Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke. She lives in Virginia.

A smug slug that will not listen to the animals around it comes to an unexpected end.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A self-satisfied slug ignores its friends' alliterative warnings as it proudly climbs a slope that turns out to be the back of a hungry toad: "Such a shock, such a shame. Such a succulent slug!" Ages 4-9. May
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
In this sibilant saga stalks a silly slug as he slithers up the wrong slope. In addition to alliterative use of the letter "S," each illustration has the letter hidden cleverly within. Detailed drawings depict other creatures that share the slug's world and try to warn him of his folly. Especially useful for youngsters learning to pronounce "S" or learning to recognize its sound.
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K-Gr 2A slug senses a slope and saunters on up, against the advice of a sparrow, a spider, and a skink, among others, and meets with a sudden, spontaneous demise. Such is the life of a slug told with a multitude of common and not so common "S" words (shantung). The bold-faced text is short but not simple. "Seldom swerving or straggling or swaying or skewing, the smug slug shambled on." Despite this boggle of words, youngsters will likely continue reading, having been caught up in this snaillike mollusk's serendipitous fate. Realistically detailed, earth-toned illustrations focus attention on each scene. Varied animals' perspectives reign throughout while the bumpy surface that the slug climbs remains a mystery until the end. In addition to the animals named in the text, other "S" creatures are shown. Plus, to ensure close scrutiny and multiple readings, an "S" shape has been hidden in each picture. This slug is so appealing and full of personality that it will certainly garner sympathy. The cover alone, where the slug's expression is indeed smug, is enough to get readers to select this book.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Hazel Rochman
Shape, sound, and story are the key elements in this alliterative picture book, which tells a silly, suspenseful saga with a surprise ending that will make kids laugh and learn. A sleek slug slowly swaggers and slithers up the slant of a slope, ignoring the warning screams of sparrow, spider, swallowtail, snickering skunk, scolding squirrel--until, too late, the slimy slug discovers that the sly, slippery slope was a sham. The "s" words are wonderfully sensuous and precise, never forced, and the glowing, superrealistic pictures in acrylics and colored pencil on watercolor paper make us see the sand, leaves, and natural creatures from the perspective of the sauntering slug and the bug shivering on a stem and the spider scurrying down its strand. Kids will welcome the suggestion on the last page--after they've enjoyed the story--that they go back and find the creatures and the S shapes hidden in the pictures.
Kirkus Reviews
This duo collaborated on the alliterative Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke (1995, not reviewed); here, a supercilious little slug struggles up a bumpy slope blocking the path through its woodland domain. Ignoring the warnings of other forest denizens (all creatures with names beginning with the letter s—sparrow, spider, swallowtail, skink, stinkbug, and squirrel), it reaches the summit, only to be devoured by the toad it has unwittingly climbed.

This bit of whimsy is made memorable by the crescendo of suspense built by the relentlessly alliterative text, the ground- level illustrations of flora and fauna (highly realistic except for the self-satisfied visage of the snail and the toad licking its lips), and the presence of the other animals and S-shapes to search for in the pictures. It's fun for readers who aren't ready for Graeme Base's Animalia (1987) and great reinforcement of sound- letter correspondence for initial s and sh (both are used; soft c is not). Teachers will hope that a "big book" version is in the works for the classroom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060247928
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of numerous popular picture books, including Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; Some Smug Slug; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Rosie's Roses; The Leprechaun's Gold; and Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight, all illustrated by Henry Cole; as well as Dear Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; McGillycuddy Could!, illustrated by Sue Porter; and The Neat Line, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives in Virginia.

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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