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The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  51 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Seymour has always dreamed of being a great artist. But he's shy about showing his artwork and, being a snail, he's slow. Who will hire him?

When Seymour finds a job at the Speedy Arts Gallery, he is thrilled— until he finds himself sliming envelopes shut and delivering packages. Well, even great artists have to start somewhere. And who knows? Seymour's big break might be j
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Lisa Suchy
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A transitional chapter book about a snail named Seymour. His friends come over one day, but he must hide his art work because he does not want them to know he enjoys painting. Seymour hides them under a sheet and when he lets his friends into his house, a wind blows the sheet off, exposing all his paintings. His friends are impressed with his work and encourage him to look for a job as an artist! He calls different places about landing a job as a painter. In a humorous way, the many places he ca ...more
Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
Read by: Mary
Author: Lynn Hazen Illustrator: Doug Cushman
Genre: Fantasy
Interest Level: 2-3 grade

The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail is about a snail who likes to do art. When he shows his friends his artwork, they tell him he should get an art job. Seymour calls and finally gets a job for a art delivery. He ends up using his slime to close letters and goes on a delivery. When he has an adventure delivering the art to a famous artist, everyone is in an uproar about the mysterious artist. The arti
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of this charming book, Seymour the Snail timidly comes out as an artist to his friends. Encouraged by their positive reaction, Seymour searches for a job, finally landing at a local art gallery's mailroom. Seymour patiently plods through the less-than-creative job, always keeping his dream alive. Lynn Hazen had created a modern-day parable for creative types everywhere, and filled it with the best kind of humor - the kind enjoyed by adults and children alike. A heartfelt and hop ...more
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Seymour Snail is excited that his friends are coming to visit. He quickly hides all of his paintings and sculptures because he is too shy about anyone seeing them. His plan backfires and his friends encourage him to be an artist. Seymour embarks on a job hunt that is quite humorous, eventually finding the perfect job for his abilities. This is a quick read with cute black and white illustrations.
This is a cute story. The characters are cute and the wordplay is wonderful. With lots of illustrations and plenty of humor, this is a great selection for reluctant and remedial readers.

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Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a cute first-chapter-book. Seymour Snail hopes to be a great artist someday, but finding a job as an artist in this fast-paced world isn't easy. At 64 pages with cute illustrations, Seymour's story is a surprisingly quick read. I love the light humor; when asked how he makes such amazing designs, Seymour Snail replies, "It just oozes out of me."
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Seymour is adorable!!!! A slimy snail who sets out to be an artist. What's not to love? After a few challenges (I cracked up at the phone conversation about cooking escargots) trying to find a job, Seymour finally finds his place as a real artist. The book is hilarious, touching and hopeful. Another winner from Lynn Hazen!
Kate Hastings
Apr 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 1-2
Shelves: early-readers
RL 410. Even great artists need to start out working on the ground floor. Snail isn't very good at deliveries, but fortunately his true talents are discovered. Super short chapters. Great transitional book. Grades 1 and 2.
Claudia  Fett
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hoping to become a famous artist one day, Seymour Snail takes a job in a New York City art gallery, where everyone is buzzing about a "magnificent mystery artist". This book would be perfect for a strong first or second grade reader.
Victoria Whipple
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, tcp, art
I read this book soon after spending time with my niece who loves catching snails and letting them slime all over her. This is a cute early chapter book about a snail with a flair for creating unique works of art.
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was cute
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute, illustrated chapter book about a snail who longs to be an artist.
Gooey fun for young readers who are just starting the easiest chapter books.
528_Mary F.
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
On the second page there are other books that are suggested as read-alikes. Boo's Dinosaur by Betsy Byars and Cinder Rabbit, among others, would be good choices.
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
A silly early chapter book. I have been trying to find books Anneke will read. I heard of this one. She enjoyed it. I would read more about Seymour.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Very gentle and quiet read. Good for earliest chapter readers.
CRC Washburn
Dec 16, 2008 marked it as to-read
You cant' see the book jacket, but there is a snail with a long slime trail, wearing a barret and painting on an easel with a finger-board pallate.
Sep 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-and-ya
Great story, I just wish that the illustrations would have been in colour :(
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fine for an early chapter - nice snail, following dreams, short chapters
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Kirkus Review Snippets on SEYMOUR 1 2 May 13, 2009 01:08PM  
Lynn E. Hazen writes books filled with humor, heart and hope. SHIFTY, her young adult novel, was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a realistic story that resonates. Smart writing and an engaging narrative keep the story fresh, while an interesting plot will keep readers turning the pages.”

SHIFTY was chosen for VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction, as a CCBC Choice, and as a Smithsonian Notable.

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