From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–Benito owns a small shop in a tiny rainforest village. When a customer discovers that a rat has been gnawing at the chunks of brown sugar carefully wrapped in corn shucks, she runs shrieking from the store. Soon, the other shoppers stay away. Worried, Benito tries unsuccessfully to catch the rat. His sister tells him that he needs the services of a boa and, when word gets out, neighbors arrive with potential rodent-chasers. One snake is too small and another is too big. When Benito is about to despair of ever finding the right snake, one shows up on its own and chases the pest away. The story is based on the author's experience in a rainforest preserve in Costa Rica, and subtle cultural detail makes the tale interesting and fresh. The exotic setting is brought to life by Nathan's brightly textured cut-paper illustrations. Her style is reminiscent of Eric Carle's and is both accessible and expressive. Unfortunately, the type looks dull compared to the lively art and the text seems to have been stuck on the page wherever it would fit. In a few places, it is printed on top of the picture and is a little hard to read. Despite these shortcomings, this is an amusing peek into rainforest culture.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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The illustrations are vibrant and playful, engaging young readers to interact with the story. Author Anne Westons home in Costa Rica seems to have influenced the telling of this down-to-earth story of resolution, community, and patience. This picture book is highly recommended for any picture book collection, and especially for children who like snakes. --Baker & Taylor
...subtle cultural detail makes the tale interesting and fresh. --School Library Journal