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Snippet the Early Riser Hardcover – March 12, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158246460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582464602
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-Snippet, a young snail, wants his family to wake up and play. His friends try to help rouse them: Grasshopper by bouncing on the leaf bed, Firefly by turning on his light, and so on. But Snippet gets inspiration as he watches Caterpillar chew on a leaf, and his quest to wake up the others culminates in a tour-de-force scheme of breakfast in bed. This charming story highlights creative problem solving. Expressive, cartoonlike watercolor and ink illustrations are awash in greens and blues, and the characters come alive through the tilt of their heads, sounds, and silly or serious comments in speech bubbles. Endpapers include a few facts about snails. Great fodder for those looking for picture books that focus on the creative process.-Sara Lissa Paulson, The American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Snippet, the youngest in his snail family, is an early riser. One day, as the sun comes up, Snippet finds himself awake all alone and begins nudging his family for company. The bunch is slow to rouse, despite the helpful suggestions of a grasshopper (“let’s jump on the bed”), a cricket (“let’s wake them with music”), an ant (“push them out of bed”), and several other insect pals. Finally, Snippet comes up with his own creative solution, but once his family is awake, wouldn’t you know it, Snippet is ready for a nap. Murguia (Zoe Gets Ready, 2012) cleverly starts things off with endpapers that feature some engaging facts about the average snail, and her lovely imagery includes softly textured snail shells with lively and colorful patchwork-like designs. The straightforward story feels like it’s just an introduction to an appealing character, but the fine art, the satisfaction of the problem solving, and the habits of the snails—both familiar and odd—should have the young audience coming back for rereads. --Jesse Karp

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Bethanie Deeney Murguia earned an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Bethanie lives with her family and her fifty pound lap dog, Disco, in Sausalito, CA. She is the creator of Zoe Gets Ready and Buglette, the Messy Sleeper.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Wyckoff on July 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Snippet is a snail who likes to get up early, but the rest of his family does not. When he wakes and wants to play, Snippet tries a number of ways to wake up his family (with the help of a few friends), but does not succeed until he gets an idea from watching Caterpillar munching on a leaf. Murguia's blend of ink and water colors creates a wonderful mixture of sharp lines with soft hues. Most pages contain both large and small illustrations interspersed with text, making the action fast paced and immediate throughout. It is also incredible how expressive the characters can be with just three dots for eyes and a mouth. A fun, creative book and highly recommended both for independent readers and as a read-aloud.
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As a kid who always got up early, this was a fun story about a little snail who can't seem to get his family to play with him, but is able to find a compromise along the way.
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By RJR8506 on November 13, 2013
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One of my favorite books to read to my little boy. Love the illustrations - the story - what a great children's book!
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