Serge was a snail without a shell.
His mum and his dad were shell-less as well.
"You're no more than a SLUG!" the snails at school taunted.
I wish I had a shell. It was all that Serge wanted.
Serge is not like the snails at school. They call him a horrible name—slug—and even though that's entirely what he is, he wishes for a shell of his own.
Feeling like an outcast, Serge sets off on a solo adventure in search of the elusive shell that will make a perfect home—and make him just like everybody else. After some much-needed advice from his friend Fish, he finds himself at the ocean, where many options await: "Big shells and teeny shells/ All the in-betweeny shells/ Pyramid and swirly shells/Altogether curly shells!"
But can Serge find the perfect shell, or is he destined to be different forever?
A charming, lyrical story with bouncy text, whimsically illustrated by artist Andrea Blinick, Serge the Snail Without A Shell puts a modern twist on a tale as old as time: trying to fit in at all costs, before realizing that maybe being yourself is best of all.
|Nimbus Publishing, Limited
|10.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
|3 - 7 Years
About the Author
Rosa Rankin-Gee has also written two books for adults— The Last Kings of Sark, and Dreamland — but this is her first book for kids. She lives in London, England, in a house with green walls. Her partner, Leah, is responsible for all the wonderful animals in their life: Tavvi and Fritz (poodles), Half Court, April and Woo (horses) and about fifty multicoloured chickens.
Andrea Blinick is an artist and art educator with a passion for children's literature. Her first picture book, Outside, You Notice (2021), earned a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and the 2021 Northern Lights Book Award. Andrea's next picture book, Sun In My Tummy (2022), received a starred review from Quill & Quire and School Library Journal. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two silly daughters. She enjoys music, writing, comedy, travel, and making an atrocious mess on her art table!