The Slug, by Elise Gravel (2014)

Ages 4-7
The SlugLooking for a last-minute gift for a little one? Try this hilarious picture book exploration of the slimy misunderstood slug, the latest entry in the Disgusting Critters series. Written and illustrated by Gravel, it was originally published in French in 2013, and this year Tundra released an English edition for the North American market. Sized perfectly for small hands, the book introduces the reader to the humble slug as a naked snail. We learn about its two pairs of tentacles, the mouth on the side of its head, the helpful snot-like mucus that covers its body, and more, all presented in a humourous but informative manner that will make this a favourite for newly solo readers. Though not in a traditional narrative, it is equally suitable for reading aloud to curious younger ones who enjoy laughing and learning facts. The artwork was rendered digitally, resulting in a flat, cartoonlike style. The images are a bit small for storytime use, but there is great potential here for a pair of readers to act this one out for a class or a school. Save it for the year Summer Reading Club goes gross.
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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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