When Danny and his brothers Bobby (yes, that's Robert San Souci) and Mike return from summer vacation with a king snake and what must be a dinosaur bone, they can't wait to share their treasures with the rest of the neighborhood. Thus The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club is born. Now, if they can only keep the star attraction from slithering away! In school assemblies across the country, kids have long loved listening to the San Souci brothers' tales of their action-packed, imaginative childhood-a childhood that has provided inspiration for nearly 150 published books. Now kids everywhere can laugh along as they read about these real exploits in this first Clubhouse Book-an uproarious tale of brothers, best friends, and the adventures only they can find.
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||10.09(w) x 10.66(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
For years DANIEL SAN SOUCI has written and illustrated other people's stories. Now, with the Clubhouse series, he tells stories from his own youth. Daniel lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Souci, Daniel San. The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle, 2004. Print.Appropriate for the ages of about 6 to 9, ¿The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club¿ by Daniel San Souci is based on Souci¿s adventurous childhood. It¿s about 3 brothers, their dog, and 3 of their best friends, who form a club, called ¿The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club¿ (Souci). Souci is also the illustrator of the book, and I must admit that his bright, comical and cartoonlike pictures really capture the spirit of the story.I think that ¿The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club¿ honestly portrays the realities of life for today's children and has universal implications, simply by the way it shows how well all of the boys get along, whether it be playing or working together. Thus it displays how important friendships are.I believe that ¿The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club¿ illuminates issues of growing up in today's world because of the fact that it shows that all good things must come to an end. Hence in the story, the main attraction of the club (which is a ¿King snake¿) disappears and then Danny (Souci) decides to set it free. Following this ¿It wasn¿t long afterwards that [the boys] let all the newts, salamanders, and other creatures go and ended The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club¿ (Souci).I feel that the characters in ¿The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club¿ are convincing and credible to today's child. A part of the story in which this is displayed, is the enthusiasm and excitement the boys portray in starting up and running the club, which I think would be typical and therefore, believable behavior for most children. The following passage is a competent example of the boys¿ passion for their new club, ¿Every day we¿d go to the park and search for new creatures to add to our collection. Soon all the shelves were full of newts, frogs, salamanders, garter snakes, and small lizards¿ (Souci).I think Souci avoids stereotyping in ¿The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club¿ by the originality of the club and how it came to be. Thus the reason why it was formed in the first place is due to the brothers finding a bone, snake and catching tadpoles during a family holiday at ¿Lake County¿, in America (Souci).I believe that ¿The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club¿ truly represents the experience of Caucasian American and Hispanic preadolescent boys. Hence the story shows the boys doing things that boys would normally do, such as playing with lizards, catching tadpoles, drawing pictures of dinosaurs, etcetera (Souci). Consequently the book helps children enlarge their personal points of view and develop appreciation for our ever-changing pluralistic society, as characters of different nationalities are the best of friends.
An adorable book that children can certainly relate to. It can also be used to introduce children to science. Would definitely recommend to any teacher or parent.