Synopses & Reviews
What's green, and slithery, and smooth, and ...smart? My snake Blake, that's who! When my dad brought him home, he curved and twisted his body and spelled out "hello." And when my mom was worried he might bite, his response was "relax." This hilarious story about the friendship between a boy and his rather exceptional pet is brought to life by the simple yet delightful drawings of award-winning artist Serge Bloch.
"In a loving salute to the unconventional pet heroes of an earlier era (think Lyle the crocodile or Crictor the boa constrictor), Siegel (Grandma's Smile) and Bloch (The Enemy) tell the story of a 'super-long, bright green snake' who wows the young narrator by helping him with his homework, eating rejected Brussels sprouts, and fighting bullies. 'He's a perfectly polite, delightful snake,' the boy says. When the family's father brings Blake home, the snake uses his long, supple body to spell words in graceful cursive, calming the narrator's anxious mother ' Ã¢Â€Â˜Relax,' he scribbled. Ã¢Â€Â˜Really?' said Mom. Ã¢Â€Â˜Really,' he answered.' The father swells with pride: 'I paid extra for that,' he says about Blake's writing ability. Bloch's cartoons, with their loopy lines, sparing use of green and red, and exaggerated facial expressions, show Blake engaged in a series of charmingly unsnakelike activities: he cooks, finds lost keys, and enjoys cuddling on park benches. The narrator's saucy voice and a couple of adult-aimed jokes make rereadings a treat; parents may find themselves arguing about a trip to the pet store. Ages 3 6. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“…a loving salute to the unconventional pet heroes of an earlier era…”--Publishers Weekly
"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
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.