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My Snake Blake Hardcover – June 19, 2012
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“Blake the snake just might be the most spectacular pet of all time.” ―Kirkus, starred
“…a loving salute to the unconventional pet heroes of an earlier era…” ―Publishers Weekly
“Apart from its title, ‘My Snake Blake' isn't creepy at all. Blake the snake is a little boy's perfect friend right out of the birthday-present box….The illustrator, Serge Bloch, has taken Randy Siegel's silly, slim text and served it up as a dish straight out of 1960….He draws in the loose, bamboo –pen scribble that thrived in those days. Channeling artists like Saul Steinberg, Robert C. Osborn and Jules Feiffer, he gets the wry, relaxed humor just right. His boy is adorable, as is his snake.” ―The New York Times
“Blake is a very lovely shade of green, but his best virtue is that he can write! He uses his body to form words which comes in very handy for things like communication and homework help. Just be careful; children get wonderful ideas from books and yours just might ask for a pet snake.” ―Kiwi Magazine
“Serge Bloch's marvelously economical drawings sustain a feeling of high good humor throughout this appropriately long-and-narrow picture book for 3- to 8-year-olds.” ―The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Randy Siegel is the author of Grandma's Smile for Roaring Brook Press, which Publisher'sWeekly called, "a wry and contemporary reality check on the going-to-Grandma's genre." Siegel has written for newspapers and magazines around the country and works for Advance Publications in New York City.
Serge Bloch is a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner and the recipient of France's Baobab Award. He illustrated Susie Morgenstern's A Book of Coupons, named an ALA Batchelder Honor Book, and has written and illustrated numerous books for children and young adults. He lives in Paris.
Top Customer Reviews
I would think that a book about snakes would be more appreciated by boys than girls, and the themes seem more appropriate for kids at least four, although some three year olds might like the pictures and having the story read to them.
All in all, a nice children's book.
But not just any snake, this one's extra smart. Incredibly, he announces his name is Blake, writing it with his very long body which is excellent at spelling! He's brilliant at homework and so very useful that before long he's manages to make himself invaluable to the whole family, even his mom.
Snakes might not be the most popular of pets, but in this kid's book, Blake is the best in the world.
A great story beautifully illustrated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cute story about a snake named Blake and how he can spell out words with his body. My grandson loved it!Published 2 months ago by J Duke
I ordered this for my grandson's birthday. He checked this out of the library 3 times so I decided it was time to purchase it for his own library.Published on January 20, 2014 by Booker
My son's name is Blake and that is what drew me to the book. He enjoys reading it together and likes to see the snake spell out the words. :-)Published on January 13, 2014 by Alicia Thompson
I bought this book for my 3 yr old nephew and he loved it. The story and illustrations were engaging. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Catherine Moore
I bought the book to go along with an item I am crocheting for a great-great niece. Theitem is a six foot long snake with multiple colored stripes and stuffed with fibefill. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Frances L. Fletcher
Cute story, but the math is wrong. Really simple math, too. So if you get this for yourself or any kid, fix the math first. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by LC
Purchased this book as a Christmas present for my 6-year old son. We happen to have a couple of pet snakes at home (a kingsnake and a corn snake), so this is a story that... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Mark
I ordered enough copies for all my grandchildren. "My Snake Blake" is a great children's book to take away any fears a child may have learned from parents.Published on November 23, 2012 by Ed B.