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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Snakes are an eternally fascinating subject for kids. Greenberg's frightfully funny verse and Munsinger's whimsical full-color illustrations celebrate these creepy creatures.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Megan Tingley Books
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Libby Erwood
May 05, 2015 Libby Erwood rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction: Snakes! by David Greenberg is an awesome book for students just learning to read. The few and easy words make it a choice that will make sense to them and keep them involved yet gain a new understanding of snakes that they had not previously had. The rhythm of the poem is consistent and funny, which is always a plus for students and their love for a good laugh from a book. I think that is what makes students fall in love with reading at such a young age which is so important. ...more
Brittany Dalziel
Feb 24, 2015 Brittany Dalziel rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-poetry
Personal Reaction: This poem is very fun and playful. The way the author uses his rhymes are unique and make the story interesting, catchy, and the story has a good flow. For example, one of the stanzas is "From everything we fear, you haven't any fear (Well, hardly any fear, for goodness sakes). There's only one exception, now don't attempt deception, let there be no misconception... SNAKES!". The use of white space makes it clear to see each and every different type of snake and the soft yet c ...more
Sarah Nottingham
Feb 26, 2015 Sarah Nottingham rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-poetry
Snakes by David T. Greenberg is about a brave little boy except when it comes to snakes! I enjoyed this narrative nonsense poetry book because it entertained the reader, and children can easily relate. It has a rhyme and sound that carries the reader throughout the story. It has a ton of imagery that makes the reader able to see and hear the snakes, Tongues abruptly flickering, whispering and snickering. The poem also uses figurative language comparing the snakes to crazy things, Its, a giant ju ...more
Maddie Scheer
May 04, 2015 Maddie Scheer rated it really liked it
1. This was a very fun poem type of book! The author used unique rhymes and made the story interesting with the way that she wrote. It would be more of an introduction to information with snakes though.
2. This would be a great read aloud for a K-2 classroom that was introducing animals in their science unit. It would be great to engage the students on learning about snakes and make them laugh about snakes. It would also be a great independent read for a K-2 student to build their vocabulary and
Jun 08, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Alice loved this book so much that she "read" it on her own all day (in the car on the way home from the library, under the table while I made lunch, in her room). It is a truly horrifying book about a kid who isn't afraid of anything, except snakes. Of course, the book is then about how snakes infest his entire house, swarm under his bed, sneak up on him in any number of terrifying ways, and finally constrict him and won't let him go. Why my daughter loves this book is a mystery to me. She's a ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Dee rated it it was ok
I just thought it was kind of creepy and I would not read this book to a small child. The illustrations were nice and the prose clever but I guess the snakes just creeped me out. There were so many.

You feel a faint restriction
Of serpentine constriction
In moments you can barely breathe or cough

You face a scary issue
Is the boa going to squish you?
It's impossible to yank the serpent off

Even though you're bony
He clings like macaroni

It feels like you're about to be deceased
then he hisses in your ear
Aug 17, 2011 Atziri rated it it was amazing
A pretty funny book, but mostly because of the illustrations. The story, if there is really a story, seems basic to me. It starts with a kid who is not afraid of anything, but snakes. It then talks about a whole bunch of snakes that appear under this kids bed and describes them and how they basically take over the house. The out of nowhere the snakes are good and can be used as thermometers, clarinets or bayonets. At the end there is a big snake that seems to be squeezing the kid, but it is real ...more
Tori Stockton
Sep 29, 2016 Tori Stockton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el230
I really liked the rhymes in this book. The illustrations are also very interesting. The book also has great vocabulary.
The Brothers
Mar 04, 2016 The Brothers rated it did not like it
Shelves: fears, phobias, snakes
What a horrible book! If your children don't have a fear of snakes before reading this book, they might afterward. A little boy in the books is afraid of snakes and imagines all sorts of horrible situations where snakes are after him. Hardly bedtime reading.

Who cares what the illustrations are like - the book is awful!
Dec 31, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love the vocabulary in this book, and the rhyming and rhythm were great. Not a book for someone afraid of snakes, but my 6 year old boy loved it.
Aug 13, 2013 Clacie rated it really liked it
This book was so fun to read. The kids love rhyming books & this one was very clever & funny. I'll probably be asked to read this a few more times before we take it back to the library, and I'm good with that.
Kim Foy
Mar 24, 2012 Kim Foy rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, imagination
This was a wonderful poem with lots of creative drawings of snakes in all sizes shapes and colors. It shows some many unsual ways to use a a garden hose, a set of drapes or a playground swing.
Nov 14, 2010 Jami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-stories
It started off well enough, but after having to explain to a four and seven year old what herculean, pyroclastic, fer-de-lance, phosphoresce mean it just gets tedious after awhile.
Nov 09, 2012 Tiffany rated it really liked it

It's funny. It rhymes and my boys thought it was great.
Nov 05, 2007 Vivian rated it liked it
Not as good as either Skunks or Bugs.
May 14, 2013 Bea rated it really liked it
Not for ophidiophobics.
Apr 14, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-books
So good!
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