23rd out of 84 books — 7 voters
Akimbo and the Snakes (Akimbo #4)
Akimbo can't believe his luck when his father allows him to visit his uncle Peter's snake park. And when a local village calls to report a sighting of a green mamba snake--the rarest and most deadly one of all--Akimbo hopes to help his uncle catch it for the park. But little does he expect to find himself trapped face to face with the deadliest of reptiles.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
(first published 2006)
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I took this to a school to do a book talk, and I was amazed at how excited they were about the snakes. Unfortunately I wasn't aware and this was the advanced reader class and so the book was WAY too easy, but the kids still thought the story sounded interesting. They all wanted to know all about snakes, and since I like snakes we had quite the discussion.
I picked this up because I'm a fan of the author's adult series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. This was a very exciting read, with the threat of being fatally bitten by a snake. The main character spends a week or so with his uncle who manages a snake park. This is a great book for kids who like snakes and even for those of us who don't. There's also an appendix of snake facts at the back for those who want to know more after finishing the story.
Nov 18, 2011 Matti Karjalainen rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Naisten etsivätoimistostaan paremmin tutun Alexander McCall Smithin "Akimbo ja käärmeet" (Otava, 2010) jatkaa lapsille suunnattua kirjasarjaa, jossa pieni afrikkalaispoika tutustuu jälleen Afrikan luontoon ja villieläimiin. Nopealukuisessa tarinassa on mukana on sopivasti jännitystä ja samalla sitä lukiessa oppii vähäsen eläimistä. Kertakaikkisen mainiota luettavaa alakoulun pienemmille oppilaille!
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what...moreMore about Alexander McCall Smith...