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ESCARGOT by Dashka Slater


by Dashka Slater ; illustrated by Sydney Hanson

Pub Date: April 11th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-374-30281-8
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A charming little French snail takes center stage as it entices a child to share a meal.

It’s hard to imagine an escargot heading toward a salad as destined to be anything other than part of the dish, but this engaging snail upends convention. Escargot peeks around the edge of the front endpapers and invites readers to share the experience of “traveling to the salad at the end of this book.” Close-ups of the big-eyed protagonist dressed in a jaunty blue-and-white striped shirt, red neckerchief, and black beret dominate the book. The last pages reveal the light-skinned child from whose visual perspective the story unfolds. Soft-edged, cartoonish illustrations in watercolor humorously emphasize Escargot’s confident worldview. The first-person text encourages reading aloud with a French accent: “Oh la la!...Escargot is magnifique! You can kiss me if you want.” Desperate to be readers’ favorite animal (he doesn’t seem to be for anybody else), Escargot even manages to explain away the slime as “shimmery trails of…shimmery stuff.” As Escargot slides past quiche and brie, the race is on to see who can reach the salad—and that carrot—first.

An unusual, tongue-in-cheek aid to getting children to eat a disliked food—even the dreaded carrot

. (Picture Book. 4-7)