My new picture book, Escargot, will be released on April 11 and it is already getting a wonderful response.
That’s no surprise to Escargot, of course. He already knew he was the world’s most beautiful French snail!
His opinion was confirmed today when Escargot received his first starred review, from the March issue of the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Naturally he feels humbled, if “humbled” is what you are when you make people read the review to you over and over and then you say, “Moi? Parfait? Engaging? Jaunty? Do you think so? Let’s read it again.”
Not only that, but he’s on the Top Ten Indie Next List for Spring, which means you can find him at all your favorite independent bookstores.
In fact, you can find both of us — as we have an action packed schedule of Spring appearances. Check out the calendar and this space for details!
Here’s the BCCB review in full:
Author: Dashka Slater
Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Price (Hardcover): $16.99
Publication Date: April 2017
ISBN (Hardcover): 9780374302818
Our self-assured narrator may have no shortage of ego (“I am such a beautiful French snail that everybody stares at me”), but one thing makes him very sad: “Nobody ever says their favorite animal is the snail.” Escargot hasn’t given up hope, though, trying to convince the listener of his suitability for favorite via flattery, unexpected ferocity, and a swift race to the salad at the end of the book. Escargot’s voice is parfait, an airy blend of ego and need masterfully balanced in witty and well-turned sentences that leave plenty of room for audiences to get the joke. Cues for interaction (“Can you also make a fierce face to scare away the carrot? Maybe we should roar at it, too?”) are unexpected yet playful, with additional humor in the snail’s engaging responses. Trim, controlled pencil and watercolor art gives Escargot the inevitable French sailor’s shirt, neckerchief, and teeny beret, but the jaunty guy’s wide, sincere eyes reveal the depth of his yearning snail soul—and make for some great comic faces. The neat regularity of the art mirrors the tonal control of the text while adding some clever touches, such as the snail’s loving gaze at himself in a glass tumbler or his casual recline upon a wine cork. Haul out your best Pepe Le Pew cartoon French for this gastropod confectionery. DS