Written by: Dashka Slater
Illustrated by: Sydney Hanson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers (April, 2017)
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: friendship, picky eater, new experiences, gastropods
“Bonjour! I see you are staring at me! I don’t mind. My name is Escargot, and I am such a beautiful French snail that everybody stares at me. Right now I am traveling to the salad at the end of this book. It is a beautiful salad, with croutons and a light vinaigrette. You should come!”
Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:
1. To be your favorite animal.
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.
But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there’s a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from you!—he discovers that it’s not so bad after all.
Links To Resources:
Make a salad! Here is a link to 20 kid-friendly salad suggestions from Today’s Parent.
Get a pet snail! Here is a link to keeping a pet snail safe and healthy.
Create a snail craft! Here are a dozen cute ideas for making fun snails.
Use the Escargot Activity Kit! Loads of fun ideas to pair with the book.
Why I Like This Book:
Funny, charming and interactive, ESCARGOT was utterly endearing. The illustrations are a hoot and the dry witticisms are perfectly tuned for the ears of little listeners as well as adult readers. The concept of taste-testing feared foods is so subtle and sweet that it will not strike kids as cloying or message-y. Sweet, sincere and tenderly vulnerable Escargot is the most expressive and adorable picture book snail I’ve ever met. Coincidentally, I recently finished reading The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, an incredible memoir/meditation by Elisabeth Tova Bailey ideal for sustaining or restoring your sense of wonder about the natural world. Also highly recommended!
My favorite line:
“Nobody ever says their favorite animal is the snail.”
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