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A self-satisfied slug ignores its friends' alliterative warnings as it proudly climbs a slope that turns out to be the back of a hungry toad: "Such a shock, such a shame. Such a succulent slug!" Ages 4-9.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2?A slug senses a slope and saunters on up, against the advice of a sparrow, a spider, and a skink, among others, and meets with a sudden, spontaneous demise. Such is the life of a slug told with a multitude of common and not so common "S" words (shantung). The bold-faced text is short but not simple. "Seldom swerving or straggling or swaying or skewing, the smug slug shambled on." Despite this boggle of words, youngsters will likely continue reading, having been caught up in this snaillike mollusk's serendipitous fate. Realistically detailed, earth-toned illustrations focus attention on each scene. Varied animals' perspectives reign throughout while the bumpy surface that the slug climbs remains a mystery until the end. In addition to the animals named in the text, other "S" creatures are shown. Plus, to ensure close scrutiny and multiple readings, an "S" shape has been hidden in each picture. This slug is so appealing and full of personality that it will certainly garner sympathy. The cover alone, where the slug's expression is indeed smug, is enough to get readers to select this book.?Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 4
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (April 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064435024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064435024
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The pictures in this book are great, but the story is a little lacking. It is about a slug who "One summer Sunday while strolling on soil, with its antennae signaling, a slug sensed a slope." The slope turns out to be something "sinister" and there is no happy ending here. With a tender heart and used to happy endings, my little girl (7) was saddened by the ending and told me that she did not want me to read it to her the following night. I told her that I would change the ending to "and though the frog speedily slipped out it's slippery toungue, the slug somehow sneakily snuck away." In the book, the slug isn't so lucky! And I don't feel that the slug was smug at all, he was just going for a walk up a hill.
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I have this book in my school library, but loved it so much that I bought my own copy for my classroom. Great mentor text for alliteration and prediction. My students also love trying to find the "s" on each page! Very entertaining.
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This is a silly, suspenseful saga penned in tongue-twisting poetry about pride coming before a fall, ignoring neighborly warnings & slithering up a slippery slope into the maw of destiny. Some Smug Slug is super with riveting illustrations! Very well done!
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My son had an issue with the "s" sound and since I used this book along with others it has helped. I'm not saying it would work on all kids but it helped him. Forcing him to use the letter "s" the correct way.
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First, let me state that contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, this book has a very happy ending. What ending could be happier than the cycle of life, a frog getting a good meal? Such a succulent slug! Slugs? Eat up your garden. Frogs? Eat up your slugs. I can tell you which critter *I* prefer!

The alliteration is great, and a wonderful way to introduce your kid TO alliteration. And the artwork is well down. However, because every sentence had to be packed with as many s- words as possible, some of the statements are a bit... non sequitur-ish. I don't think, for example, that "silly" is the best word to describe the slug's ascent, although one of the other animals seems to think so.

Still, all told, it's a very good book with a funny twist ending.
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I teach second grade, and one of our standards is to introduce our students to different forms of figurative language. My students loved all the alliterations and illustrations found in Some Smug Slug. They also enjoyed me reading itto them, and they had fun writing their own alliterations. I would recommend this book to any teacher who is looking for a good anchor book to introduce alliterations to her students.
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I really enjoyed the alliteration, pictures and anticipation of this book! The kids were on the edge of their seats! As an environmental education teacher, I also really enjoyed the ending, even if it wasn't exactly a happy ending, it teaches the children about the web of life/food chain. :o)
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A standout among picture books because it's different -- clever & smart-alecky, not sweet & cute. More sophisticated vocabulary (starting with "S"), interesting art.
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