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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  4,701 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Young Verdi doesn’t want to grow up big and green. He likes his bright yellow skin and sporty stripes. Besides, all the green snakes he meets are lazy, boring, and rude. When Verdi finds a pale green stripe stretching along his whole body, he tries every trick he can think of to get rid of it--and ends up in a heap of trouble. Despite his efforts, Verdi turns green, but to ...more
Hardcover, 50 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Harcourt Brace
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Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Verdi is a beautiful baby python who experiences many of life's lessons on the path to growing up, just as children do on the way to adulthood. The colorful illustrations matched the story perfectly. This children's book would make a great bedtime read. There is also a nice section in the back of the book that discusses snake facts. 🐍 ...more
Renée Paule
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
lovely message in this kid's book ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Verdi by Janell Cannon is a book about a python snake named Verdi who doesn't want to turn green.

As a young snake, Verdi loves to slither fast across the forest floor and swing high into the sky. His fear is that as he starts to turn from yellow to green, he will become like the other older green pythons-slow and boring. As he notices the first tinge of green on his skin he decides to try everything in his power to stop it. Follow along in the story to see what Verdi will learn about aging and
Mar 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I read this book today to the Kindergarten class I am observing because it tied into the discussion they've been having for a while about the animals of the rainforest. My cooperating teacher thought this was an especially good time to read this book because it's about a python and they are studying the various types of snakes right now. Overall I thought the story was wonderful. The illustrations were beautiful and the kids were very engaged. The whole concept of a snake's point of view on molt ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this for my Children's Lit class, as I plan on becoming a librarian. The class isn't required but I see it coming in handy someday. For all the really frustrating, overly watered down and unimaginative children's books you find, there's always one or two jewels: this was one of those jewels.

Janell Cannon, the acclaimed author of Stellaluna, puts a new spin on the coming-of-age story by telling it through the eyes of Verdi the snake. When the mother snake sent her hatchlings out into the
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books About Animals in the Wild
Verdi was a high-spirited young tree python, one who enjoyed slithering along as fast as he could, launching himself from trees, and generally having adventures and fun. The elders in the snake community always seemed boring, lazy and rude to him, and he hoped to avoid shedding his own bright yellow skin and becoming green like them. As is so often the case, however, he couldn't really avoid growing up. Fortunately, he discovered that his elders weren't so different than he, and he managed to ke ...more
Kasey O'brien
Verdi is a book that grown-ups and kids alike will love and relate to. Verdi is a young, yellow snake. He can move fast and do all sorts of neat tricks that the old and slow green snakes don't seem to be able to do. All they want to do is sit around and enjoy nature and talk, which is a young snakes's worst nightmare. Little Verdi's biggest fear in life is turning into a big green snake and becoming boring. When he sees the first signs of green in his skin he panics and does all sorts of crazy, ...more
Jennifer Honahnie
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Verdi, a young yellow snake with an adventurous attitude is going to do his best to not turn into an old green snake. The old green snakes are boring, lazy and rude, in Verdi’s opinion. Vowing that he will stay young forever he daringly explores the jungle. Verdi notices despite his efforts to stay yellow he starts to turn green, oh no! With one last daring attempt to stay yellow Verdi hurts himself and is forced to lay still and listen to the old green snakes, while doing so he turns green. Thi ...more
Danielle Mootz
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Beautiful illustrations. My children loved Stellaluna so we had to check this one out. We enjoyed it very much.
Amy V.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
My daughter loved this. It was her favorite book of her first grade year.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I read the together this evening. I loved the sweet story and the amazing illustrations as well as the interesting snake information at the end of the book.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book seems to be beloved by many, so I'm glad I finally checked it out. My four-year-old liked it just fine, but I felt that the message was just as much for adults as it was for children. ...more
Stephen Schmitz
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think Verdi was an excellent book. The illustrations were wonderful and the stories message is just as great. This is a coming of age tale in which a snake is not looking forward to growing up. He eventually realizes that his perspective will also change with age.

I enjoyed that this book brought us on a journey with the main character. We understand the feelings and motivations of the character, and our views change alongside the character as the story progresses. The message is quite univers
Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Verdi is a young python, he is yellow with stripes and has no desire to grow up and grow green. He wants nothing but to jump, climb and keep moving around the jungle, never growing old, growing lazy and green. He wanted to keep his yellow skin and his stripes, but slowly the green started. All the while the older green snakes and other animals watched. They knew the feelings that Verdi was having, they remembered, so they tried to tell him stories to sooth him. Then, after he really had turned t ...more
Remi Thorn
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Verdi is a hyper and happy yellow snake with dark stripes. He loves to climb around and do crazy things all of the time. Verdi always asks the older green snakes to do fun stuff but sadly they always say no. He has a fear of growing up and turning green because all the green snakes are rude, lazy and sassy. One day Verdi finds a light green stripe along his body and tries just about anything to get rid of it. He washed himself and even covered himself in mud, but nothing stopped the green, after ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully illustrated book is just the thing for anyone you know who is finally settling down. Kids will enjoy the whimsical snake and will relate to the story on a basic level, but adults will find a little extra meaning.
Maddie Jaques
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
1. I hate snakes.
2. I loved the illustrations. Illustrations get me every time with out fail.
3. Cute story. We are having a Snake program here at the Library, maybe we should make a special display!
Baylor Herring
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Verdi, by Janell Cannon, is a cute, yet informal, story about the life of a small snake, Verdi. With all different aspects of a snake, we are able to see the growth of this young snake, going through the phases that all snakes endure: shedding, camouflage, color change, etc. With the fun story of Verdi and his phases, we are able to learn more about snakes than we think we are. Although it is difficult to determine whether this would be categorized as fiction or nonfiction, I definitel ...more
Douglas Cootey
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve always wanted to read this book, but never bought it. I never borrowed it from the library, either. My first first grader grew up to become a married woman living in Ireland, and I still had not read this book. So when the library was having a book sale, I picked it up. Finally! I can read it!

Then I didn’t touch it for a year.

That is in no way a reflection on whether I liked the book or not. I actually liked it quite a bit. It has a solid story, which is charming which fresh, whimsical twis
Ian Plecker
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: Verdi

Author: Janell Cannon

Illustrator: Janell Cannon

Copyright Date: 1997

Number of Pages: 48

Genre: Fiction

Verdi is about a newly hatched Green tree Python who was born yellow. Verdi goes on an adventure to try and figure out a way to stay yellow, for he does not want to become green and boring like everyone else. On his quest he meets three "Greens" who shock him with their stories.

Growing up I loved this story, reason being is because I would read it with my grandmother. The idea of sel
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By far one of my most favorite books of all time. I read this in 3rd grade. It was about a snake named Verdi who didn't want to grow up because he thought he would be boring like all the adult snakes that he knew. When he became an adult, however, he was resting on a branch and saw a bunch of young snakes sneering at him thinking that he couldn't fly in the air like they could. Basically, they were calling him old and boring. So Verdi went flying in the air with them just like he used to when he ...more
Karen GoatKeeper
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Verdi is a baby green python. He loves being yellow with black squiggles down his back. He loves being a dare devil. He never wants to grow up and be like those boring old greens coiled up unmoving in the trees all day.
One day he sheds his skin. He is turning green.
Verdi wants to be like Peter Pan and never grow up. He doesn't want to be an adult. Adults are so boring. He is growing up and plans to fight every inch of the way.
This is more an older chapter book or a read aloud. Verdi's adventures
Beth Vitsbrekka
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
My daughter loves this book; it may be her most requested book on three shelves of books. The vibrant jungle scenes, the spirited Verdi, and all the beautifully detailed little critters who live on the tropical island with him... I love that she didn't dumb down the language too much. It's really good to stretch little'uns vocabulary by putting more descriptive words in simple context-rich sentences so they can make the leap. Honestly? my only complaint is that we cannot for the life of me ident ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming story about being yourself. Verdi shows us that identity can be a tricky thing and hard to deal with. Cannon gives a wonderful showcase of not wanting to grow up and become your destiny but later realizing that being yourself is what matters. Verdi is determined to grow up the opposite of "Big and Green" because the green snakes are lazy and that's not him. I would use this in younger classrooms (K-3) to have class discussions about identity as well as symbolism. Overall, this is ...more
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
This is my third Janell Cannon book and I've gotta say, that I really need to read more from her. This for me is about on par with Stellaluna for how much I loved it. The illustrations were also so masterful and fun, and that emotion on a snake's face!

At it's core this is about growing up, how we might resist it but it comes anyways, but that doesn't mean that we have to stop being ourselves as we were. Yes, we grow up but we can still retain a sense of fun in our hearts! <3
Rebecca Jensen
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a beautiful coming of age story, the reader is taken through the life cycle of a snake craftily named Verdi. Verdi’s quest to stay young and yellow forever is quickly foiled by the never stopping hands of time. Through character analysis you see the thoughts, emotions and resiliency of Verdi quickly adapt to those of the wisest serpents in the forest. After all who wants to grow up only to become rude, lazy, and boring?
Good transitional read from picture books to longer books for 1st or 2nd graders...

Verdi tells the story of a young very YELLOW python who doesn't want to grow up to be like the play-it-safe, boring, and even rude adult GREEN pythons of the trees...
However, trying to keep his yellow coloring may cause him more problems.

By the author who brought us Stellaluna

good intro for snakes

good read aloud for families
Christy Guth
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
My youngest daughter has begged me to read this book so many times that I think I have it memorized. It became a favorite with my first child years ago, perhaps because of the silly voices I use to portray Umbles, Aggie, and Ribbon.

As is true with all of Cannon's books, her illustrations make the tale fuller than it would be with the text alone. Some of our favorite pages are those without any words. This is a sweet tale of coping with growing up that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age.
Katy Jo Turner
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
I liked the premise of the book, but I worry that the first pages of text (and one other) are too long for the illustrations (not much to occupy the eyes of little ones).

I wish all of the pages had spot illustrations—but the pages that, in my opinion, had too much text, were the ones without.

This book also gives me all the feels today—I feel very much like a green snake these days, only without the figure eight.
Shaumbra Papritz
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I remember reading this when I was younger but was even more impressed reading it as an adult. Bright, beautiful illustrations with a touching storyline which teaches us that it is okay to grow old. It hits on how those who are older have been where we are now and we will be there someday; we should respect each other. But finally it ends with the great thought that just because your old doesn't mean you can't enjoy some fun! ...more
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