Patricia Brennan Demuth



“Held by the subject, kids won’t even realize that they’re learning to read.” — Booklist

Inside Snakes

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Behind The Scenes

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I dedicated Snakes to my nephew Aaron. Here he is with his pet python. As a kid, Aaron dreamed of being a herpetologist (a snake scientist.) Now he works with computers, but he still thinks snakes are cool. And so do I. Maybe you will too when you read about them.

Praise for Snakes

An attractive, well-written easy reader. . . . Make a place for Snakes in primary-level nonfiction collections.

School Library Journal, July 1993

The excitement of the subject will lure new readers to this title in the [Penguin Young Readers series]. The text is packed with information about snakes’ size, feeding habits, etc., and, of course, the most fascinating parts are about how they catch their prey. Moffatt makes strong use of collage cutouts to achieve a textured 3-D effect, which is especially dramatic when the hungry rattlesnake is coiled up in one picture and then stretched out, flashing its fangs, across the next double-page spread. There’s the same visceral horror when the python swallows a whole pig that “sits in one big lump inside the snake.” Held by the subject, kids won’t even realize that they’re learning to read.

Booklist, May 15, 1993 American Library Association