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.
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