Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Slug - a book review

Slug is a common name for an apparently shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusc. The word "slug" is also often used as part of the common name of any gastropod mollusc that has no shell, has a very reduced shell, or has only a small internal shell. Wikipedia

Today's featured book:

Title:  The Slug
Author and Illustrator:  Elise Gravel
Ages:  5-8 years

Let's take a peek inside shall we?

About this book:

This is a series of books about disgusting creatures that kids will just love.  "The Slug" is witty, sometimes silly and educational all packaged around the most fun illustrations ever.  Kids (and especially boys) will be delighted with this series.  

"The Slug" highlighted in this book is the land slug.  The author points out interesting features such as: it having no shell like a snail, it's two pair of tentacles, (one with eyes and one for smelling and tasting), how it breathes through a hole in its side, how it moves using contracting muscles on its belly and the purpose of its thick slimy mucus just to name a few. She covers the uniqueness of a girl/boy baby and foods that are appealing and necessary to sustain the slug's life.  

It is sprinkled with great vocabulary words to look up and understand and a very accurate overview of a land slug's life.  I highly recommend this book.  The information is presented in very clever ways so you will remember the hard facts for years to come.  It in enjoyable both through text and illustrations and both kids and adults will appreciate the content and humour.

About the author:

I was born in Montreal in 1977 and started to draw not long after my birth. In kindergarten I was popular because I could draw princesses with long, spiral curls. Then in high school, girls asked me to draw their dream guys in their agendas. I became very talented at drawing muscles and chest hair, which came in handy later on when I illustrated my book Le Grand Antonio. On the other hand, I’m still pretty bad at knowing how to use an agenda properly.
Later on, I studied graphic design at CEGEP*, during which I figured out that I wanted to do illustration. After my first book, Catalogue des Gaspilleurs, I wrote and illustrated more than 30 others. One of my booksLa clé à molette, won the Governor General’s Literary Award in the illustration category, and since then I’ve become really bigheaded and brag all the time.  
I live in Montreal with my two daughters, my husband, my cats, and a few spiders. I’m currently working on diverse projects for publication in Quebec, English-speaking Canada, and in the United States. My books have been translated into a dozen languages. I’m hoping to live a long life so that I can make many, many more books, because I still have many, many more ideas.
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Book Review Rating:  9 (Close to perfection!)

Read on and read always....don't be a slug!  

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