The Legend of the Golden Snail

The Legend of the Golden Snail

by Graeme Base


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The Legend of the Golden Snail by Graeme Base

A young boy’s favorite storybook tells of a Golden Snail that lived long ago in the mythical Spiral Isles. When it journeyed through its magical realm, it took on the shape of a fantastical golden sailing ship. One day the ship was captured by a Great Enchanter and put under his spell. After he became bored with the Snail, the Enchanter banished it to the Ends of the Earth so no one else could ever sail in it. There it remains until a new master comes to claim it. Could a young boy named Wilbur be the next master?

Featuring Graeme Base’s visually stunning signature art (packed with details, including a hidden “snail and crossbones” to search for in each picture) and a bonus mini book (bound in, nonremovable), The Legend of the Golden Snail is an adventure unlike any other.

F&P Level: N
F&P Genre: F

Praise for The Legend of the Golden Snail

Starred Review: "Base’s art steers the journey, alternating between action scenes and spectacular seascapes." –Publishers Weekly

"This beautiful book is sure to be a hit with the author’s fans and cultivate new ones." –School Library Journal

"Base’s big, elaborate illustrations teem with lively details." –Booklist

"The book is chock-full of Base’s bold, vibrant images and features fanciful locations. Lots to mull over for future sea adventurers." –Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810989658
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 7 Years

About the Author

Graeme Base’s Animalia received international acclaim when it was first published and has gone on to sell more than two million copies. Among his many beloved and bestselling other books are Enigma, The Eleventh Hour, The Water Hole, and Jungle Drums. Graeme and his family live in Melbourne, Australia. Visit him online at

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Legend of the Golden Snail 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will be one of the gifts for my daughter when she turns 6 in the next couple weeks. The illustrations are beautiful. Hope she likes it as much as I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love Graeme Base books. The art illustrations and readibility of stories are great.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Wilbur's favorite book is The Legend of the Golden Snail in which a giant snail from the mythical Spiral Isles became a golden galleon or "Snailing Ship" and was captured by a Grand Enchanter who used the beast to sail the oceans for a hundred years then banished it to the Ends of the Earth. Wilbur asks his mother to read it to him over and over. Then one day, Wilbur decides to find the Golden Snail. His mother makes him a Captain's hat. On his journey, he sails by Butterfly Island and Crab Island and comes across a motley crew of earwig pirates. Wilbur finally reaches the Ends of the Earth, but what he finds there isn't quite what he imagined. It's only a small shell lying on the sand. What will Wilbur do now? And how will he get home? The Legend of the Golden Snail is a delightful and imaginative children's story filled with excitement on the high seas that will appeal to youngsters and their desire for adventure. Author and illustrator Graeme Base, whose widely-acclaimed alphabet picture book Animalia of 1986 has been immensely popular, provides stunning art that includes a hidden "snail and crossbones" symbol to hunt for in every picture. This book is a real keeper!