Synopses & Reviews
A preeminent expert on the small wonders of the natural world, David George Gordon playfully and thoughtfully sheds light on the fascinating lives of slugs and snails. Covering everything from snail sex to the manufacture of synthetic slug slime, Gordon takes us on a journey through the languid and magical world of these charismatic invertebrates. From essays like Grow Your Own Escargot to indispensable gardening tips, this book is chock-full of information on the much-maligned mollusks. Whether removing non-native slugs from your garden or following a native snail as it meanders across the forest floor, you'll never look at these underdogs the same way again. David George Gordon is the author of nineteen books about the natural world, including the best-selling Eat-a-Bug Cookbook and The Compleat Cockroach. Karen Luke Fildes is an accomplished artist who has studied at both the Art Institute of Seattle and Chapman University. Both live in Seattle.
"Unlikely as gastropods may seem as a topic for a book-length study, naturalist Gordon ably enlivens them, combining facts with quotations, a colloquial style, and curious historical references, from Pliny the Elder and Roman snail farmers to 18th-century pharmacists. Fildes's line drawings recall woodcuts and add a touch of whimsy, aiding the impression that soft-bodied creatures should be regarded as more than agricultural nuisances or 'cogs in nature's Grande Machine.' In four chapters divided with clever, occasionally tongue-in-cheek subheadings as well as informational boxes Gordon offers a solid overview of these gastropods, beginning with their place in the animal kingdom; continuing with discussions that reveal medicinal and culinary uses; listing some of the common varieties; exploring their physiology (including the properties of their slime); and finally, providing environmental suggestions for balancing their populations in the average yard. A highly approachable read for the neophyte science aficionado and the gardening enthusiast and an entertaining take on the timeless adage, 'the meek shall inherit the earth.' (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWxyz LLC)
"A highly approachable read for the neophyte science aficionado and the gardening enthusiast and an entertaining take on the timeless adage, 'the meek shall inherit the earth.'"
"From the get-go, The Secret World of Slugs and Snails>/i> is a charmer...[Author David George Gordon] knows how to spin a yarn. Best of all, his fascination with the underappreciated slowpokes is downright contagious."
The Chicago Tribune
"A lovely little illustrated paperback treatise on slugs and snails."
The Seattle Times
“From the get-go, ‘The Secret World of Slugs and Snails’ is a charmer, and one you won't have to slog through. You'll devour chapters that lay out the wonders of the prehistoric mollusks ... Best of all, [David George Gordon’s] fascination with the underappreciated slowpokes is downright contagious. Don't be surprised if you hoist a Slug Lookout Booth in your own backyard.”
— The Chicago Tribune
An illustrated guide to slugs and snails, this book serves as a field guide to the friendly slimy creatures. Covering everything from snail sex to the importance of slugs in the ecosystem, author David George Gordon takes readers on a journey through the slow and magical world of this gentle species. Including everything from short essays such as "Grow Your Own Escargot" to informational chapters like "Look Ma, No Operculum!," this book is packed with information, without the dull tone of a textbook. In the "Seven Secrets" section, Gordon unveils unknown facts, such as how many snails and slugs are hermaphroditic, born with both male and female reproductive systems. If necessary, they can reproduce on their own and do so all the time! Slugs and snails are also of particular regional fascination the Olympic Peninsula is a hotbed for gastropods, housing 70 different kinds, including a whopping 56 kinds of slug and snail species.
About the Author
The author of 16 books on wildlife and wild places, David George Gordon playfully and thoughtfully sheds light on a fascinating animal kingdom. Karen Luke Fildes is an accomplished artist who has studied at both the Art Institute of Seattle and Chapman U