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A Book for Escargot

Written by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Sydney Hanson
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In this standalone sequel to Escargot, written by award-winning author Dashka Slater, we follow a funny and charming French snail through a library to find the book of his dreams. Bonjour! It is moi, Escargot, your favorite French snail. Today I am going on a trip to the library, where there are so many stories to choose from! Stories about dog superheroes . . . guinea pig detectives . . . and flamingo astronauts.

But sadly, none of these books is about a daring snail hero who saves the day. What is that you say? Perhaps this is the book about the snail hero? Ooh là là!

What Kind of Book is A Book for Escargot


Quotes from This Book

  • But I must tell you something sad about these books. So sad you might cry. I am crying just thinking about it. Will you wipe my eyes for me? And also my nose? It's okay to use your sleeve.
  • With these fancy words, you could write a sentence *extraordinaire* link "The gallant gastropod gallivants to the rescue!" which is another way of saying "The daring snail hero saves the day!"

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Escargot bemoans the fact that books always joke about snails being slow and shy. What other animal stereotypes can you think of? Can you write a story (like Escargot does!) that challenge them?

  • Did you know that the French eat snails before reading this book? With the help of an adult, learn about other things that other cultures eat that you perhaps do not.

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Who Wrote A Book for Escargot

Dashka Slater

Dashka Slater’s four picture books have won widespread praise for their inventive language and vivid imagery. Baby Shoes was named one of the best children’s books of 2006 by both Booklist and Nick Jr. magazines and was chosen for the Texas 2x2 list of best books for children age two to grade two. The Sea Serpent and Me was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a finalist for the Cybil and Chickadee Awards, as well as being named to the 2008 Librarians’ Choices List of the best books for children and young adults. Dangerously Ever After was named the 2013–14 Surrey Picture Book of the Year based on the votes of over 12,700 elementary school students. A recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Slater is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. She is also the author of a novel for adults, The Wishing Box, which the Los Angeles Times named to its list of the year’s best fiction in 2000.

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Who Illustrated A Book for Escargot

Sydney Hanson

Sydney Hanson is a children’s book illustrator and Pixar animator. She lives in Sierra Madre, California.

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Dashka Slater's Book Dedication

For Erin Murphy and Joy Peskin

Sydney Hanson's Book Dedication

For my Grandma Pattie

Complete the quote: "But one day I wake up and I have a strange feeling. I am bored. _____"
  1. Bored of reading about bears!
  2. Bored of eating salad!
  3. Bored of being slow!
  4. Bored of being a snail!
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Book Details

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April 7, 2020