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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 30, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316326593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316326599
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 8.3 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"An atrociously funny guidebook geared to churn your intestines."
(New York Times)

"Irresistibly repulsive...evokes delicious shudders of disgust."
(Horn Book)

"If you're going to read but one book this summer, make it Slugs."
(Rolling Stone)

"You can't beat this book for sheer hilarity. I know it's gross. That's the best part!"
(American Bookseller)

About the Author

David Greenberg was born in Brooklyn, NY, went to Reed College, and lives in the Northwest. He and his wife Susan preside over a recombined family of four, Sam, Evan, Alexandra, and Jane (who has four legs and a tail and will happily eat off the floor or table or even the street itself). With the exception of one historical novel (A Tugging String), David has written poetry picture books exclusively, most with LB, but with FSG, Dutton, and Bantam as well. Titles include, Slugs, Bugs!, Skunks!, Snakes!, Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty?, Enchanted Lions, among many. He is director of the Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop (www.occbww.com) and Publish a Picture Book, Intensive Online Course ( www.publishapicturebook.com). He visits schools nationally and around the world to read from his works and teach writing.

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Customer Reviews

This book is extremely creative.
S. E. Johnson
This book is a great teaching tool for having a discussion on how to treat, and how not to treat animals.
David F. Brenner
Anyone who thinks this is a guide book on how to torture slugs is an idiot.
Pensive Frog

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Gustafson on May 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Go ahead. Be a bad influence. Give this book to a child.

In a day when children's literature seems full of tiresome passivism, and as full of sermons as any Victorian tract, it's a fine and excellent thing to see a children's book that talks about what they want to hear. Like putting slugs in a blender. Or gluing them to your sister. If this seems lacking in Moral Instruction, take note that those who mistreated slugs get their comeuppance by the book's end.

I got this book for my nieces, and it soon became one of their favourites. And let's face it, this is a lot healthier for them to furnish their minds with than -Bambi-.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is highly humerous to those children who are old enough or have such a dispostion to understand it's humor. This includes the overwhelming majority of the children I've read it to. I've read this book to so many children in my extended family that I'm now ordering my fourth copy. All the others were read to tatters. To the minority of usually younger children who do not understand it, a little explanation is all that is necessary; People aren't supposed to do what it talks about in the book - it's only supposed to make you laugh when you think about what the book is saying. This aids in their enjoyment of not only this book, but much of the humor they'll encounter later in their lives.
A must have for any well rounded child. A true classic, and always in great demand with kids.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Walder on November 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
Anyone who doesn't take life too seriously can benefit from reading SLUGS. I often give this book as a gift to both children and adults. And the stuffed slug that accompanies the book is an able promoter for this oft-maligned creature.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Slugs is a book that entertains children of all ages, including those adults who are still kids at heart. It offers an amusing text and hilarious pictures of the gooey little creatures in all sorts of situations. Not only is it a great book to own, but it is also a great gift for anyone who has a good sense of humor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
I especily like this part:Then they'll put you back together so your navel's in your nose, so your feet come out your ears,so your eyes are on your toes. Your's Truly, Sasha Scott Age nine and a half
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Oh boy oh boy oh boy. You're not going to find anything like THIS on the market again anytime soon. The incomparable pairing of author David Greenberg and Victoria Chess has yielded a book of hitherto unavailable grossness. Allow me to say here and now that kids have absolutely no problems with this book. It's the adults that peruse it in bookstores or stumble across it in school libraries that find themselves completely disgusted with it. And how couldn't they? Slugs in ears, slugs between toes. The whole book is about the wanton abuse of some very large slugs, ending with a twisted sluggish revenge. The revenge at the end was always my sticking point with the book. I just couldn't look on it with anything but horror. But you know what? That's okay. This book wasn't written for me, and it wasn't written for you, and it wasn't written for someone's uptight Aunt Hilde living in Battery Park. This book was written for the children who like their books a little risqué and a little gross. And to this end it succeeds like nothing else in the world. It's not fine literature, no. But it's funny and weird. Seeing that it does everything it sets out to (and more) I hereby christian this book "Successful" and grant it full accommodations. Your little ones will absolutely adore it BECAUSE it gives them nightmares. And as I've said before, there's nothing else like it anywhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Johnson on October 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
I remember this book at my elementary school library. I'd ALWAYS look at it! It's unthinkable notions are so funny! Slugs are totally pointless. And anyone who's normal would probably agree. This book is extremely creative. You'd have to have a big imagination to think of slurpying slugs with straws or slugs in your pasta. I love the fun cartoonish pictures. Very easy to read for kid needing the practise. I believe this book would help children want to read more. Hey! Reading isn't boring it can be silly and fun! I can just imagin little boys loving this. I think it's idiotic how some people think this book is horrible. Come on! Slugs aren't creatures with feelings or brains and I doubt very much that any little kid would ever do anything that's in this book. This book inspires creativity! I would tell anyone to read it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurence P. Rowan on August 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
this is a hilarious and silly book about slugs,great for any ages.I gave it to a 49 yr old who dislikes slugs but laughed all the way thru the book.
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