Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374302818, 40pp.
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:
1. To be your favorite animal.
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.
But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there's a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from you!—he discovers that it's not so bad after all!
A charming and interactive picture book ideal for picky eaters and animal lovers alike.
About the Author
Sydney Hanson is a children's book illustrator living in Sierra Madre, California. Her picture books include Escargot (Dashka Slater), Five Fuzzy Chicks (Diana Murray), Warts and All (Lori Haskins Houran), and How Do You Go to Sleep? (Kate McMullan). Hanson works in a combination of traditional and digital media to create her illustrations—her favorites are watercolor and colored pencil. She loves the outdoors and is a certified naturalist who spends most of her spare time poking around the woods with her Labrador retriever, Cash. Follow her on Instagram too see all of her latest animals and illustrations!
Praise For Escargot…
Winner of the 2019 Kentucky Bluegrass Award!
Winner of the Minnesota Comstock-Gag Award!
"Say bonjour to your new favorite animal, the garden snail!...In Hanson’s soft, cartoonish illustrations, Escargot’s hammy expressions are perfectly in keeping with his gently boastful narrative. Give this charming read-aloud a little extra joie de vivre by reading it in your best French accent." —Booklist
"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...An unusual, tongue-in-cheek aid to getting children to eat a disliked food—even the dreaded carrot."—Kirkus Reviews
"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...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." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review