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A Book for Escargot


4.15  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  84 reviews
It is moi, Escargot, your favorite French snail.
Today I am going on a trip to the library, where there are so many stories to choose from!
Stories about dog superheroes...
guinea pig detectives....
and flamingo astronauts.

But sadly, none of these books is about a daring snail hero who saves the day. What is that you say? Perhaps this is the book about the snail her
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not as charming as the original book, Escargot, but you can imagine the dismay of our small hero when he discovers a certain recipe in a French cookbook! ...more
Featured in grandma reads session.

This is the second tale of the darling Escargot, a handsome French snail whose main mission is to improve the lot, reputation and popularity of the snail. Specifically the French snail - others are left to their own re-branding.

A shout hurray rose up from my crew as this book was opened - they enjoyed the first book, recently read and were happy to see those bright black eyes and chic beret on their screens. This one deals with a traumatic discovery in the Frenc
This is Escargot's second book! Tres excite! In his new story, Escargot is visiting the library to find a cookbook so he can try out some new recipes. He encourages his readers to narrate and illustrate his adventures (he provides the narrative). When he does finally locate a cookbook, he discovers that one of the recipes is for cooking SNAILS. This freaks him out so much, he hides in his shell (to collect his thoughts), and ends up eating the offensive book. <--This is NOT a good example for ho ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Bonjour! Escargot is the perfect French snail, charming, proud, gentle, curious. He speaks directly to us, his readers. Today he encourages us to write a book about him. He must have a problem, he muses, and he quickly announces that he is tired of eating salad...could we help him explore a French cookbook and find a new food, perhaps a soufle or a ratatouille? Yes, let's write a book about Escargot. And let's read the book we have before us. Au revoir! ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Another adorable picture book about Escargot the French snail who would like to be a superhero. Full of gentle humor, it's perfect for right now. A little escapism for the family to read, especially for those who are Francophiles who will enjoy hamming it up by reading this aloud with an exaggerated French accent. Highly recommended for ages 3-8. ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even more adorable than the original book! Escargot is going to the library to get a book on cooking, but wants your help creating cool new snail stories as snails are never the heroes. And totally did it in a French accent! Highly recommended for ages 4-8, 5 stars.
Joshua Evans
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
The cutest snail I have ever met.
You should try something new as well.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Another charming and funny story of Escargot!
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious story, especially when read in a French accent. Escargot is horrified when he learns one of the main ingredients in a French dish.
Alicia Evans
For: snail fans; readers looking for a mildly interactive book with humor.

Possible red flags: characters in peril.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, childrens
Delightful and charming, this book is a pleasure to read and reread and it invites interaction with the reader (or one being read to) all the while reinforcing early literacy skills. Magnifique!
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A delightful read.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-books
Cute illustrations, but the story did not hold my attention.
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Escargot wants to cook something new, so he’s at the library looking for a French cookbook. As he travels to the cookbook section, he chats with the reader about their favorite books and questions why no book has a snail hero (there are dog heroes and flamingo astronauts, but no snails :-(. Escargot decides that the reader should write a heroic snail tale, and he will help. He explains that writing a book is like following a recipe, “Add the ingredients, mix them together, and voila! A perfect s ...more
Gabrielle Stoller
With a title called "A Book for Escargot," you have to know I found the tie-in for using this in Every Child Ready to Read and "write" and "read." I mean, it seems great!! BUT..........

It wasn't.....

I still liked it. I loved the book titles like "Harry Gastropodder and the Chamber of Salads". Seriously!!! I about spit out my water. And I loved that Escargot was on the quest to find the "perfect recipe" =D But for a book about books, I wanted a glossary for the French words. It would help childre
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very cute picture book about a sweet little snail who is looking for a book on French cooking. Throughout his journey for the perfect book, he expresses his disappointment that there aren't really any books about snails being awesome and heroic. So, he encourages his friend (the reader) to come up with a book of their own. Adorable! And of course, poor Escargot discovers to his horror that the French cookbook includes a delicious recipe for snails (escargot), so together, he and the r ...more
Kirren Wilson
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this book, it was a delightful read from start to finish. Sometimes you come across a picture book that really touches you. I have always wanted to go to France after learning French at school and just haven't gotten there yet.

I love Escargot, (he is delicious!) the sentiment of the storyline, the adult humour, and of course the gorgeous illustrations.

I can't wait to read this book to some of my students at school. I'm hoping for a sequel or a story about Excargotte. (a different
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
3.5 Stars. Our favorite French snail is back... and this time he's at the library!
While the first Escargot book focused on one objective (getting to the salad at the end of the book), this one was a little more scattered... and perhaps too verbose for kids to keep track of. It's enjoyable and interactive, but the snail is inviting readers to cook and write and watch and interact, and in an effort to be engaging, I think the story gets a little lost here.

Nonetheless, Sydney Hanson is sill one of
Becky B
Escargot is back and he is bemoaning the fact that there are no stories of gallant snails in the books in the library. So he recruits the reader to write a story about such a snail with his help. Escargot thinks he has the problem he must overcome all figured out, but maybe a bigger issue is lurking in the cookbook he seeks.

A little story that teaches elements of story writing in a creative way. Escargot is a very adorable protagonist, and he teaches readers a little French along the way. Hand t
There's a lot in this. Escargot tells us his woe in not seeing more snail heroes in books. Along the way, he talks about writing, problem solution, French cooking, and the wonder of books. Good message about breaking stereotypes through writing.

It felt a little unfocused to me and lacked some of the charm of the first one, which was disappointing since I loved the first one! I also didn't like that the picture showed who Escargot was talking to since I prefer when he was talking to me (the read
Stephany Pachowka
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-books
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Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books-e
Okay, this book was adorable. I love Escargot and find the character to be so adorable. Personally I feel Escargot's accent comes across quite clearly (or at least it does in my mind) and I loved the inclusion of french words. I think the story was really cute and loved the ending. The illustrations were simple and lovely, but had some cute details. Very enjoyable and I'd be highly likely to recommend this book to others. ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Escargot dazzles in his new book- with a little help from the reader! He is looking to be the hero of a book, and to find something other than salads to eat. He is as cute and charming as usual, and it's a fun, interactive book that will entertain the young and the young at heart from the top of his beret to the end of his colorful trail of slime! ...more
Abby Johnson
The charming snail Escargot is back, this time on a trip to the library to find a cookbook and try a new recipe. Just as in the first book, Escargot's strong voice and indomitable spirit will charm young readers. Try not to pay attention to him defacing library books. Hand to fans of the first or to readers new to Escargot; everyone will want to meet this confident, adorable snail. ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
The whole book is fourth-wall-breaking; Escargot is talking to the reader. (Though Escargot also talks in third person sometimes.

Easy to guess where it's going if you're familiar with classic French dishes, but very silly and fun along the way.

It's fun to see the plays on classic children's literature reimagined as having snail heroes.
Joanne Roberts
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This adequate follow up to the original includes just as much meta interaction and in addition a storyline which hints at the basics of narrative writing. For those who enjoyed the first book, I would imagine they would be just as happy with the second. Same unique voice, same cute illustrations and gentle humor.
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Darling book about a snail who wants to be the hero of a book. Escargot laments that so many other animals are the stars in books but the only books about snails are about them being slow and/or shy. He engages directly with the reader and invites them into the action.
Fun and detailed illustrations support the text.
A great read aloud or family fun book.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Asked by a friend to look into this one as a book she could read to her granddaughters. Looked for it at the store because it sounded adorable. What a fun book. I love the character and his little journey. A good one to read to the little people in your life.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Escargot, the French snail, takes the reader on a trip to the library where he is in search for a book about a story of a heroic snail. What he finds surprises him, and will surprise the reader also.
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