Review of Snail & Worm All Day

Snail & Worm All Day
by Tina Kügler; illus. by the author
Primary    Houghton    32 pp.    g
9/19    978-0-358-06364-3    $16.99
e-book ed.  978-0-358-16846-1    $12.99

The two inveterate invertebrate pals (Snail & Worm, rev. 5/16; Snail & Worm Again, rev. 5/17) return in another set of adventures in three easy-reader-style chapters. “Best Day Ever,” as described by cheery Snail, focuses on it being others’ best day: even though “I broke my toy…bumped my shell…can’t find my shoes,” Snail sees that it’s Frog’s best day because she “learned to blow bubbles” and it’s Bird’s best day because her eggs hatched. The story ends with Snail’s well-timed, punch-line realization: “My day is not so bad. I just remembered that I don’t wear shoes.” “The Spooky Cave” presents a silly case of mistaken identity (a turtle in its shell is not a cave-dwelling dragon). “A Bedtime Story” highlights Worm’s nurturing side and the friends’ narrative compatibility. “That was a great story about me and you. Good night.” With varied mixed-media illustrations (full pages, spot art, occasional spreads and panels) and dialogue-only text that’s color-coded to each speaker, new readers should feel supported in their efforts while being continually entertained.

From the September/October 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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