We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes
I am a snake.
No, not a rattlesnake. I just look like one. I'm a gopher snake.
One day an oily, filthy, fleshy human child crossed my path. As luck would have it, he knew the difference between a gopher snake and a rattlesnake. He has imprisoned me in a terratium. His name is Gunnar. He calls me Crusher. He thinks I'm male. I'm not.
He dropped in a dead mouse and hoped I'd...more
This book originally popped up on my radar when it was first published in 2009 but somehow it kept getting pushed farther down on my “to read” list. On my latest trip to the library I happened to see it on the shelf, knew it had been on my list for a while and checked it out.
I finis ...more
Although she refuses out of pride to eat the li ...more
"Crusher" a female snake, is snatched from her idyllic existence in the dry warmth of the American Southwest to be imprisoned in the dark, chilly bedroom of a young boy. As she takes stock of her situation, she finds herself sympathetic to creatures as diverse as a taran ...more
My fiance Tyler picked it out at the library, and I was excited to read it.
I've always loved books about animals, especially when written from the animal's point of view.
I thought it was a cool and original concept to write from the viewpoint of a snake!
When we read the inside of the jacket, I thought it was also cool that the author happened to have lived previously in Arizona, our state.
Snakes played significance in my childhood.
My mother was very a ...more
The theme of this story is that anyone can change. Crusher, the story’s protagonist, begins her story as a littl ...more
This is a great book that looks at pet ownership from the side of the pet. Crusher comes from out ...more
This title is a book with illustrations appropriate for grades 3-6.
This book would b ...more
The human, Gunnar, captures the gopher snake and promptly mistakes the snake for a male and names him Crusher. The snake is not too happy about this considering she doesn't even crush, she asphyxiates.
Gunnar takes Crusher home and introduces her to a whole new world that she just doesn't understand. There are boxes all over with other animals in them ...more
I really liked the voice of the rattlesnake. She was imperious without being too preachy. And I liked that Jennings was able to tell a story through her viewpoint and make it a tale packed with emotion and conflict and... well, just about everything I'd think a kid would want in a good st ...more
I really didn't care for this book. The spoiled boy in the story ended up learning nothing from his terrible ways. And we are actually supposed to believe a snake would starve itself rather than eat a mouse from a pet store?? I just don't think snakes are that great.
IL: MG - BL: 3.9 - AR Pts: 3.0
*Spoiler* Crusher is released into the wild, finds a unique way to save Brea ...more
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How I longed to return to it! I licked at the air, trying to smell the desert's delicious dusty scent, but could not. How was I able to see it without smelling it? Did humans control scents as well as the temperature and the waters?
Is that what windows were for, to keep out scents? Why did they wish to put invisible barriers between themselves and the world?”
I honestly didn't understand how they had thrived so.”