The Boy Who Swallowed Snakes

Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $86.18   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.


Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Little Chou leads a poor but honest life with his widowed mother. When he comes across a basket of silver, he tries to return it, but the owner refuses, knowing that the silver is tainted by the curse of an evil ku snake. Determined not to inflict the snake on others, Little Chou bravely swallows it. But more snakes spring from him, lighting up the sky like meteors--followed by more eating and still more snakes. Finally the reptiles visit their judgment on their greedy previous owner, while Little Chou and his mother reap the fruits of his unselfishness and courage. Yep's original folktale neatly balances magic and mystery with sprightly humor: as Little Chou dutifully gathers the multiplying snakes for consumption one evening, his mother hands him a rice bowl and chopsticks, commenting tartly, ``Evil or not, you might as well eat them like a civilized person.'' The Tsengs follow suit: their expressive watercolors capture both the spooky iridescence of the slithery creatures and the comic aspects of the boy's matter-of-fact determination to eat as many of them as he must. For the reader, as for Little Chou, this proves rewarding fare indeed. Ages 5-9. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Honest Little Chou sees a rich man leave a basket of silver in the forest, but when he tries to return it, the man denies ownership. Taking possession of the silver, the boy finds a small snake wound around his leg. After failed attempts to get rid of it, he and his mother learn that it is a ku snake, which, they are told, will bring treasure but also death. Little Chou reacts by eating the reptile. The snake, however, keeps duplicating itself until there are thousands. Yep resolves this situation in an ingenious way with the good ending happily and the bad getting their just deserts. Highly entertaining, morally relevant, told with gusto, wry wit, and a social conscience, this original story (CIP classification notwithstanding) is one of Yep's finest books. The Tsengs match his prose, page by page, with verve and insight in their ink and watercolor paintings that exhibit great beauty and cleverness. Especially notable are Little Chou's facial expressions, which faithfully and insouciantly mirror every nuance of the text. Not to be missed.- John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library
Janice Del Negro
Little Chou discovers a poisonous ku snake in a basket of silver coins, and to make sure no one is injured by it, he swallows it. The wise woman assures him he will die a horrible death. Instead, each night as Chou's stomach begins to glow, the snake reappears, then multiplies itself during each nightly manifestation. Finally, the deadly snake winds up where it needs to be to fulfill its destiny--in the house of the greedy wealthy man who abandoned it in the first place. The story is rich in elements that will appeal to children. Its comedy is reflected not only in the text, but also in the accompanying watercolors--especially in the characters' facial expressions and in the happy-go-lucky movements. This is an interesting morality tale, suitable for reading aloud as well as storytelling to older children who think picture books are "too babyish."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590461689
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)