Next up in my Cybils TBR stack (a handful down, a mountain to go) comes Easy Reader SNAIL & WORM ALL DAY (Three Stories About Two Friends) by author-illustrator Tina Kügler. My apologies, my keyboard does not make umlauts.
In line with the sub-title, these are three quick graphic-novel style stories, told in episodic format, and always ending on a funny note. Snail is the curious but dim-witted one; Worm is the wise one. The dynamic is somewhat that Worm is the more paternal (maternal?) while Snail sees all the magic and wonder around.
I love how the two foil one another’s strengths, growing into better, um, creepy-crawlies, together.
- Genders aren’t really indicated or necessary in any of these characters, making it a good choice for a child who would benefit from a book with low emphasis on gender, or high emphasis on co-creation.
- Edit: I understand from Tina Kügler that the non-specific sex of either character is scientifically accurate. 🐌 🐛 Details, details. I still think it’s better that way.
- Snail is an eternal optimist, and speaks in a way that plants seeds of kindness.
SNAIL & WORM ALL DAY (Three Stories About Two Friends) is available now from HMH Books for Young Readers.