Author(s): Julia Jarman; Lynne Chapman (Illustrator)
It's a field trip to the zoo! The teacher and students see parrots squabbling and cheetahs running. What they don't see is the crafty anaconda that slithers out of its pond. . . One by one, the students and teachers are gobbled up by the sneaky snake. That is, until one little girl catches the snake in action. Can she save the day?
This hilarious picture book about Class Two on a trip round the zoo won the Stockport Schools Book Award - watch out for the anaconda!
The anaconda in this meaty tale could possibly do with a makeover in the predictable behaviour department. Not that I'd change the story one jot. There is something immensely satisfying about a snake full of children. -- The Bookseller Crow A visit to the zoo turns suddenly perilous for a rambunctious class in this bouncy cautionary tale... Just the ticket for reading prior to a class trip. -- Kirkus Reviews As a class of wide-eyed day-trippers make their way round the zoo, they fail to notice the slimy snake slithering ominously in the background. Suddenly he pounces, and devours one unsuspecting child after another. With animated illustrations, especially the snake's bulging belly as his 'dinner' wriggles inside him, there's a rising sense of suspense before the snake relinquishes his captives and slinks off to slighter another day... -- Junior The reader is warned of the dangers of not paying attention in the best Hilaire Belloc tradition with a modern edge. The print snakes and slides across the pages as the rhyme and rhythm gather pace. An exuberant romp. Lots of fun. -- School Librarian A cautionary tale it bounces along, begging to be read aloud... the illustrations add hugely to the fun with pictures and text superply integrated on each spread creating a perfect balance... children will find it enormous fun! A must have for every Class 2! -- Books for Keeps The print snakes and slides across the page as the rhyme and rhythm gather pace. An exuberant romp. Lots of fun. -- School Librarian From the bouncy mock-sinister rhymes to the illustrations featuring naively wide-eyed kids and the happy ending, readers who aren't afraid of snakes will find much to enjoy. -- The Horn Book Guide
Julia Jarman is the author of over a hundred books for children including the Big Red Tub and Flying Friends. She lives with her husband and Perdita the cat in an English village. Find out more at www.juliajarman.com Lynne Chapman has illustrated over 25 children's books in the last ten years. She works from her home, a Victorian house on the edge of the Peak District National Park in England where she lives with her husband. In her spare time, Lynne writes and performs poetry with her group The Electric Tomatoes. Find out more at www.lynnechapman.co.uk