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A PET NAMED SNEAKER Children’s Book Review, by S.A. Barone

A Pet Named Sneaker

A Pet Named Sneaker

A PET NAMED SNEAKER
Children's Book Review, by S.A. Barone

This delightful story was written by Joan Heilbroner and illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre.  It is a great book for the beginning reader.  Sneaker is filled with lots of humor and sensitivity.

Sneakers tells the story of a snake, who lives in a fine pet shop and who’s owner treats all the animals there very well, but, Sneakers really wants a home, a real home.

Sneakers suffer considerable rejection until one day a little boy named Pete chooses to take him home.    As Pete and Sneakers get to know each other Pete is delighted to learn that Sneakers is not only good for playing new games, like “I’m a Necktie,” or “I’m a hat,” or “I’m a pair of handcuffs,” but Sneakers is also a very smart snake and very heroic.

Sneaker learns to read, earning him a spot at school, and saves a life, resulting in a special pass to the otherwise “no pets” in the public pool.

The Cartoon art in bright oranges, blues, and greens and with plenty of white space has a retro feel.  The pictures provide clues to comprehending the text while also adding great characterization and fun.

Author Heilbroner and artist Lemaitre have outdone themselves on this wonderful beginning reader.  A delightful story!

 Happy Reading!

Book Review by S. A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

 

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