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A Pet Named Sneaker (Beginner Books(R)) Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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PreS-Gr 1-Sneaker lives in a pet store and can't seem to find a home no matter how many visitors stop by. Apparently, no one wants to buy a snake, until a boy named Pete takes him home and plays with him and shares snacks and surprises. When Pete goes to school, Sneaker sneaks into his backpack and tags along. He's a big hit with the kids and proves to be a good student, going back day after day. As summer approaches, Pete takes his pet to the local pool where he ends up saving a little boy from drowning. Sneaker soon becomes a local hero and also gets a new career as the pool lifeguard. The vivid drawings and clear cartoon illustrations provide beginning readers with picture clues to help decode the story. A winning addition for most easy-reader collections.-Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In the tradition of misunderstood animals who just want a place to call home, meet Sneaker the snake. After being passed over at the pet store for cuter, cuddlier pets, Sneaker is finally adopted by a boy named Pete. When Sneaker sneaks into Pete’s backpack and accompanies the boy to school, he makes new friends and learns to read. A story with a communicative snake would be expected to provide ample opportunity for hissing text, but there is no such wordplay, as Sneaker only utters a single word, twice, in this Beginner Book: “Yessssss.” Instead, Sneaker lets his actions do the talking as he proves that snakes are not gross and slimy but friendly and helpful. Emerging readers may very well be encouraged by Sneaker’s classroom example as they practice their own reading skills alongside him. Lemaitre’s illustrations are reminiscent of Bernard Wabar’s style, and Sneaker is as winning a reptile as Lyle the Crocodile was before him. Grades K-2. --Kara Dean
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Author Joan Heilbroner and illustrator Pascal Lemaitre effectively convey the sorrow of being unwanted and the joy of finding meaning in life through this tale of a snake. Sneaker's journey is instructive in reiterating the point that there is untapped potential, even from the unlikeliest places, in everyone and can be brought out only if its nurtured. This is a wonderful book.
*Review copy of this book was viewed from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
Dr. Seuss books are some of our favorite books around our house and this book is no different. Sneaker has been living in a pet store but he longs to have a home and a family to love him. His dreams come true when he is adopted by Pete and he goes home with him. He is a fun pet that can change his shape, he likes to sneak into Pete's backpack so he can go to school and he loves the water. He even rescues a drowning child and proves to be an important part of the community.
We loved this book. It was so much fun to read and the illustrations were typically of Dr. Seuss books. It is a great book for preschoolers and after a couple times, Lilly tried to read it to me. It definitely encourages reading in the young.
Overall we loved this book and give A Pet Named Sneaker 4½ stars.