From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Hank, the polite and friendly snake from Stanley Mows the Lawn
(Chronicle, 2005), reappears in a simple tale of what lifts the spirit and touches the heart. As Stanley, his human friend, bemoans the fact that his yard is flat and boring and Hank wishes he could touch the clouds, both head off on their own, motivated to find inspiration by traveling to the city. A coffee shop, a library, a park, three street musicians, and a flower shop later, Hank excitedly discovers an art gallery with a sculpture to lift both his body and his spirits. His return home brings the realization that true friends sometimes share the same dreams and insights. Frazier's crisp graphics draw the eye to varied perspectives with bold splashes of color and sharply defined silhouettes and shadings. An "inspired" addition for all libraries.—Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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* Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Stanley and his snake friend Hank return in this beautifully illustrated and eloquently told tale of discovery. Feeling a bit unfulfilled, Stanley drives to the city to find some "inspiration." But Hank, still at home, wants some too. The fedora-topped snake, motivated by this newfound mission, gamely catches a cab to town. With the advice of a few urbanites, Hank searches for the elusive muse all over, from coffee at a cafe to music in the park. But at each step, the serpent is stumped, until he learns that inspiration is a feeling, which can often be found anywhere. The eventual source of Hank's inspiration is an absolute delight. Echoes of Stanley's previous adventures appear throughout the text and illustrations. The stylized artwork evokes jazz with its interplay of different shapes and rhythms, and the warm palette is full of spontaneity. Frazier masterfully tackles the complicated concept of an individual's need for inspiration in this deceptively simple story. Splendid.