Youngsters share thier views of two tales; When pet snakes get lost; A Boy and a Boa, by Abby Israil. Pictures by Kevin Brooks. New York: The Dial Press. $8.95.
This was a different story. I had never read a story about a boy with a pet snake, and a boa constrictor at that! I learned a lot about boa constrictors. They are not poisonous. They don't bark and wake people up like dogs. They don't need litter boxes like cats. And they only eat once a month. They eat mice but not spotted mice. And they are not slimy, either. Martin, the 10-year old boy in this story, went to a pet store with his father and bought Nigel to be his pet boa constrictor. Martin's mother didn't think that was such a great idea! Neither did the neighbors or Martin's friends.Skip to next paragraph
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MArtin invited his friends to come and see Nigel and hold him and pet him so they wouldn't be afraid of him anymore.
Then Martin put Nigel in a bowling bag to take him to a nature program at the library. Some boys grabbed the bowling bag without knowing a snake was inside. The boy who opened the bag in the library got a big surprise. igel got loose in the library. It was funny. Martin and all his friends were trying to find him. They found a picture of him in the Xerox machine. The girl who finally found him said she saw a "bookworm" crawling along the shelf.
It was a great story. It was exciting. I liked the picture of Martin in his house holding his pet, Nigel, and talking to him. Oh, yes. Martin's Mom finally did like Nigel.
A Mother's Comments: I prefer stories about cats, dogs, or the silly animals in "The Acorn Quest" [reviewed next]. It's not that I'm afraid of snakes, you understand. Robin Pappas