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4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  306 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
YIKES!!! Join naturalist Nic Bishop for a closer look at scaly, scary snakes!

Snakes are scaly, scary, silent predators. They use powerful venom or crushing strength to overwhelm their victims. Then they swallow them whole!

With breathtaking full-page images, Sibert Medal-winning photographer Nic Bishop introduces the terrifying and beautiful world of snakes. The simple, eng
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Scholastic Nonfiction
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Sep 18, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Filled with amazing photographs that show various snakes close enough for readers to see their scales and text that grabs and holds onto readers like a boa constrictor might snatch its prey, this book is another wonderful addition for the classroom science library. The author demystifies these reptiles, decribing what would happen to a human's organs if he/she could turn into a snake. By describing its scales as functioning "like the tread on your shoes" (unpaged), the author insures that reader ...more
May 20, 2014 Genee121 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children who are fascinated with snakes
Recommended to Genee121 by: Stephanie Bange
I'm no snake lover by any means, and yet Nic Bishop does an excellent job of giving informative information to someone who is interested in snakes. The colors pop off the pages! i must admit that the cover of the book is so realistic looking that i did not want to touch let alone turn each page of the book. I'm glad I was able to make it through this book, though I must admit it was rather quick. Saying I have a huge fear of snakes is an understatement. The lifelike pictures provided some intere ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Reading Level: Grades 1 and up. Not recommended for gerbilsssss or thosssssse ssssenssssitive to sssssslithererssssss.

Nic Bishop, one of the most terrifying authors in children's literature today, has done it again with his new book, Snakes. Prepare for sleepless, terrified nights after these horrific photographs of larger-than-life serpents (really, Nic? Did they have to be larger? Actual size is horrifying enough!). We gerbils hear a lot of kids talk about how scary R.L. Stine's books are (th
Klaudia Janek
Jun 03, 2014 Klaudia Janek rated it really liked it
Shelves: libres
Price: $17.99 Grade Level: LowerEl/UpperEl Number of Pages: 48
VOYA Rating: 5Q 4P

Highly Recommended

There are some really impressive photographs in this book. I think it’s important to note that Nic Bishop has won the Siebert Informational Book Medal from ALA. He has a PhD in biological sciences and currently lives in Michigan!

Each page has a full page photograph with information on the other side done in bright complementary colors. There are lots of interesting facts and figures about snakes al
Melba Deoleo
Apr 07, 2014 Melba Deoleo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
This is another great book by Nic Bishop, this book is filled with great photographs, all eye catching and very captivating. I love Nic Bishops books because his pictures are things that will quickly catch the attention of kids. In this book kids will learn that snakes are predators and that they all find their food in different ways. Some hunt for it, while other simply lay still and wait for their pray to come close and then they quickly attack and swallow them whole. They use either them veno ...more
Jul 23, 2014 Deanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-nsta-award

Have you ever thought about being a snake? In this fascinating non-fiction book written by Nic Bishop, you’ll experience life as a snake, being four times longer than your current height, only a few inches thick, having poor vision, no arms and legs, hundreds of ribs, and thousands of muscles. Your sixth sense, hearing vibrations, will allow you to eat all kinds of insects, rodents, and other snakes, too. In fact, as unbelievable as it sounds, zebras and elephants may also be part of your diet!
Allison James
Nonfiction Text: "Snakes", 0545206383 copyright 2012. Snakes are scaly, slimy and diverse predators capable of producing poison or helping catch garden nuisances. "Snakes" uses bright and powerful photos to teach snake concepts, vocabulary, and details. The photos are vivid and keep the reader's attention while the writing teaches valuable information about these reptiles. This book pairs well with the fiction text "Verdi" by Janelle Cannon. Verdi, written about a baby snake who doesn't want to ...more
Pam P
Mar 12, 2013 Pam P rated it it was amazing
Bishop does not disappoint with amazing photographs that are up close and personal! I will never get that close to a snake so I appreciated seeing the detail on snakes and learning about their amazing features.
Edward Sullivan
Another fabulously designed package of great information and stunning photography.
Stephanie Croaning
Nic Bishop is an amazing non-fiction writer. His photographs are stunning and engaging. The snakes he has shown are truly stunning and the close detail is so fascinating. Often, kids "read" non-fiction text by looking at the pictures and reading a caption or two, but these books have just the right amount of text that they will read the entire book. Bishop also makes some wonderful comparisons between snakes and humans that helps complete a visual picture for the reader. This book is a 2014-2015 ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Bmack rated it really liked it
Not so cute but the photographs are amazing as usual. Nic Bishop has a wonderful way of capturing his subjects whether it is snakes or spiders. The book also provides valuable information about these animals. It really is amazing how many different types of snakes there are in the world. There are more than 3,000 each very unique. I also like how the author compares our bodies and abilities with that of the snakes. At the very end of the book the Nic Bishop tells about how he actually photograph ...more
Jim Erekson
Apr 26, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it liked it
Bishop's franchise uses a boilerplate technique that works well for an informational series. It's hard to argue with large full-color close-up photos of animals in action. Bishop's photos are extremely powerful manipulations of light and color, and the design of the text and facing pages is done to complement the photo work. Kudos to designer Nancy Sabato, who paid close attention to doing something on every spread to make it all work. Many other designers who pay this close attention would clut ...more
Nic Bishop Snakes by Nic Bishop is a close-up photographic look and engaging overview of the wide variety of snakes.

Bishop's stunning photographs show unique close-up views of snakes. A double-gatefold of a Mojave rattlesnake is a highlight. Snakes shown include African horned Bush Viper, Rainbow boa, green tree python, flowerpot snake, Mandarin rat snake, feathered bush viper, yellow anacondas, parrot snake, king snake, garter snakes, Asian sand viper, emerald tree boa, carpet python, eyelash
I'd much prefer snakes to be in belt or shoe form. Bishop blew me away with Snakes and not just with his exceptional photography. The text in this book is friendly and informative. Each main selection gives you some general background about the snake species. Each segment is beautifully integrated with the imagery of his spreads, text formatting that is just as beautiful as the photographs. It makes you want to read it as opposed to just flipping to the next aww (or eww) inspiring picture. Small ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Anon rated it it was amazing
Snakes is a tremendously interesting book about the life and physiology of snakes. Bishop covers many fundamental concepts including habitat, movement, physiology (organs and bone structure), sight, smell, defense against predators, and diet (including two pictures of snakes mid-meal). Includes index, glossary, and further reading sections.

I really enjoyed reading this book! The most distinguishing aspect of this book is the abundance of absolutely beautiful, high-resolution, full-color photogr
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Dec 08, 2012 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it it was amazing
Not many would dare to title their book not just an enormous broad subject name (Snakes) but would actually be bold enough to include their own name to describe the subject of the book (Nic Bishop Snakes). And to do so with our blessing, because he has done it before (Nic Bishop Spiders, Nic Bishop Frogs, Nic Bishop Lizards) and we have loved it.

And this is another bell ringer of a book. Bishop is a great photographer whose photos of snakes surprise and startle us on every page. You can't help y
Xin Luan
May 06, 2014 Xin Luan rated it really liked it
The photos of this book is very cool. readers can find many types of snakes in this book. Children who are interested in snake will love this book absolutely. It is not only a picture book, but also a science book. Even adult can learn a lot of things they have never knew before from both photos and texts of this book. Therefore, this book is a perfect partner book to teach about snakes. Teacher should bring more information, such as snakes' habits, environment, features and so on, into class to ...more
Nov 03, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs642
Junior Book Log
Source: NSTA Outstanding Book 2013

In classic Nic Bishop style, he gets up close and personal with some of the world's most dangerous snakes as part of his quest to show readers amazingly detailed images and provide interesting facts about their habits and life. Bishop takes his time to get the best images for his books. In one example he claims to have waited several nights to capture an image of a snake swallowing an egg. His dedication and patience paid off and read
Mackenzie Beals
Jun 01, 2014 Mackenzie Beals rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-689
This NSTA Award-Winning book by Nic Bishop provides readers with fascinating information and photographs of various snakes around the world. He covers information on their physical characteristics, where they live, how they eat, how they lay eggs, and if they are poisonous. The photographs are amazing and will capture the interest of any reader who likes snakes.
Feb 27, 2014 Steph rated it liked it
I'm so biased... this book is full of good information, but I'm judging it based on the fact that it was nominated for the Illinois Monarch award 2015 list for K-2nd graders. NO WAY. This is way too difficult for that age group and I'm sad that it took a spot on the list... so basically I'm giving the lower rating to the nomination instead of the book itself.
Rebecca Tew
All sorts of snakes are mentioned in this book. From small snakes to big snakes to poisonous snakes, a lot of information is given about all things snakes.

All of the photographs in this book were taken by the author, Nic Bishop.

While I did like this book because it was very informative, it was very long! Every page had a lot of information, and I got kind of bored with it partway through. This book would be great for a student who had a lot of interest in snakes, or wanted to learn more about th
Pat Salvatini
Jul 19, 2014 Pat Salvatini rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book-2-4
Yet another Nic Bishop book filled with his amazing photography and fascinating information. This time he brings the world of snakes to his readers. Up close and personal. From green Parrot snakes to African egg-eating snakes. Students can never get enough snake books and they will love this one.
Michele Knott
2015 IL Bluestem award nominee
Nic Bishop never fails to amaze me with his awe-inspiring photography and his interesting text. There are always great pages and paragraphs to closely read for descriptions and author's craft. Great informational texts to share with young readers!
Deb Carter
Feb 21, 2015 Deb Carter rated it it was amazing
This may have been the most difficult book I have ever read. My heart rate increased and several times I wanted to abandon it!! The pictures are amazing and I love Nic Bishop's writing. I especially loved the end when he wrote about his experience studying snakes.
Jan 31, 2015 Michele rated it really liked it
A wonderful entry in the series of Nic Bishop animal informational books. Photos are awesome as usual and I learned a lot about snakes. I even managed to entertain kids from kindergarten through third grade with a read aloud of all 48 pages. Keep 'em coming!
Kris Marley Patrick
Classroom teachers looking for mentor authors to teach non-fiction writing should definitely add Nic Bishop to the traditional Gail Gibbons and Seymour Simon mix. His photography is ah-mah-zing! Be sure to read final two pages to learn how he does it. #bookaday
Tina Mcconkie
Apr 23, 2014 Tina Mcconkie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed-689
I am not a fan of snakes, but this book is perfect for a young reader wanting to learn more about them. Then text is full of facts. Each piece of text is accompanied by a "beautiful" colored photograph. This book would be a great book to any classroom library.
Jan 07, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juv-nonfiction
A fascinating look at snakes with information mirroring full page full color photos of snakes eating, blending in etc. Information is written at a high interest level that invites further research, but ultimately makes for a good nonfiction pleasure read as opposed to a title that would be useful for homework. At the end of the book, the author includes a two page spread that discusses his adventures photographing the snakes featured in the book.

I would not count myself a fan of snakes (they te
Katie Lawrence
Feb 23, 2016 Katie Lawrence rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Nic Bishop is absolutely extraordinary! The photos he is able to take are amazing and I always love reading about everything he goes to to get his great shots. Excellent nonfiction full of great information as well as gorgeous photos.
Obviously, I love Bishop's photography. My preschool students are ignited to want to know more about each snake because of they way they are captured by the power of the images.
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