I (Don't) Like Snakes

By Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Luciano Lozano

A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook about one of the world's most hated creatures – the snake!

A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook, by award-winning writer and zoologist Nicola Davies, about one of the world's most hated creatures – the snake! Perhaps it's the way they slither, or maybe it's their slimy, scaly skin ... whatever the reason, many of us shiver at the thought of a snake – and so does the little girl in this book. But the rest of her family loves them and as they tell her more about snakes (did you know they have no eyelids, smell with their tongues and can swim?) she has a change of heart, and by the end of the book she loves them too. Luciano Lozano's stylish, colourful and informative illustrations perfectly match the warmth and humour of the text.

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406342833
  • Published: 02 Jul 2015
  • Price: £11.99
  • Size: 270 x 245 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'It’s an unusual tale and the illustrations, which have a 1950s feel, are sss-sensational.' The Times

'Davies’ chatty, gently humorous narrative style and Luciano Lozano’s superb illustrations of both human and reptilian characters work so well together. The combination of almost cartoon-like humans and zoologically accurate snake drawings together with the differing type-faces used for the text is enormously effective. A must buy for budding zoologists and for the primary school library.' Red Reading Hub

'Fascinating Nature Storybook about one of the world's most hated creatures - the snake.' The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide

'Award-winning writer and zoologist Nicola Davies presents a fascinating storybook about the world’s most ‘hated’ creature.' Smallish

'This book is both a story and a fascinating exploration into the biology of the snake […] Lorenzo’s illustrations are vibrant and active and Davies’ training as a zoologist informs the text. It’s a winning combination.' Green Parent

'A reference book with a twist, this clever contribution by zoologist Nicola Davies combines the humorous narrative of a picturebook with an accessible offering of snake-related facts. Lozano skilfully divides each spread into two distinctive styles reflecting the appropriate text: charming animated illustrations partner the comical storyline whilst a softer artistic voice matches the information sections where the young reader can learn about the habits of our slithering, scaly friends. A delightful read that will make even the most petrified ophidiophobic a convert!' Inis Reading Guide

'So interestingly and persuasively is each and every snake-related topic talked about by her family members that by the end of this excellent book, the little girl has had a change of heart about the reptiles she claimed to dislike so strongly.' Books for Keeps

'Nicola Davies is an expert in making natural history accessible to young children, incorporating fact into a picture book. […] A fabulous book for all young snake lovers and one to convert those who are not.' The School Librarian

'What is there to like about snakes? They’re slithery, scaly and slimy, striking fear into a lot of people, including the little girl at the centre of this book. But her family’s explanations convince her that snakes can be beautiful and interesting, so by the end of the book she really, really likes them! Nicola Davies is an expert at making natural history accessible for young children, whilst the artwork by Luciano Luzano really complements the text and adds to the readers understanding of the subject. A fabulous book for all young snake lovers and one to convert those who aren’t. JG' SLA Award citation

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