I Need a Snake by Lynne Jonell

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Robbie has toys. Robbie has books. But Robbie does not have a snake. I need a snake now, he tells his mommy. But Mommy will not give in. Robbie still persists. Using a shoelace from his mommy's closet, his sister's green jump rope and his daddy's new belt, he comes up with a clever solution that convinces his mommy that snakes can be very nice pets--as long as he's there to take care of her. The author/illustrator team of Mommy Go Away!, which Horn Book in a starred review called a hilarious, ingenious picture book, treats a small child's yearning with sensitivity in this humorous celebration of imaginative play and the special relationship between parent and child. Lynne Jonell lives in Plymouth, MN. Petra Mathers lives in Astoria, OR.

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LYNNE JONELL's picture books have received critical acclaim and been published in seven languages. This is her first novel. She teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center and lives with her husband in Plymouth, Minnesota. WWW.LYNNEJONELL.COM JONATHAN BEAN has a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has illustrated several books for young readers, including "Mokie and Bik," He lives in New York City. WWW.JONATHANBEAN.COM Petra Mathers is the illustrator of many books for children, including Mary Siddal's Tell Me a Season. She is the author-illustrator of many more books, including Theodor and Mr. Balbini, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for Children. She lives in Astoria, Oregon.
Published May 18, 1998 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From Jonell and Mathers (Mommy Go Away!, 1997), a charming solution to the age-old dilemma of convincing parents that snakes are good pets;

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Jonell understands the passions of boyhood (""Why does the snake eat the mouse headfirst?"" asks Robbie with a sweet smile as Mommy ""looks slightly sick""), and her observations harbor a dry wit that parents will recognize.

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