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My Pet Rattlesnake

Kirkus Reviews
"The creators of The Gum Chewing Rattler (2006) concoct another outlandish episode with a twist in its tale A shaggy snake story certain to elicit hoots and hollers aplenty from young audiences."
The creators of The Gum Chewing Rattler (2006) concoct another outlandish episode with a twist in its tale.
A dog in all but body, the snake that follows the young narrator home one day becomes a nearly inseparable companion. He sleeps at the foot of the bed, waits at the gate on school days and once even sounds the alarm when a burglar breaks in (shades of Crictor). Furthermore, all efforts to ditch the reptile at the behest of the lad’s father and nervous neighbors come to naught; like the cat of the familiar folk song, the snake just comes back. Except for giving the rattler a big, doggy grin (or mournful, sad-dog face), the illustrator portrays figures and arid setting with fully appropriate, poker-faced realism. Ultimately the snake’s habit of chasing cars leads to its demise—depicted in a final view of it “lying there in the middle of the street” (in deference to more tender sensibilities, the victim appears to be sleeping rather than flattened) that sets up … a punch line.
A shaggy snake story certain to elicit hoots and hollers aplenty from young audiences. (Picture book. 6-8)
- May 12, 2014  Visit Website
The Midwest Book Review
“…Comic relief and gallows humor combine effortlessly. My Pet Rattlesnake ends with a bang or a rattle, and like all tall tales, grows taller with the telling.”
"My Pet Rattlesnake is an illustrated tall tale from the Southwest that takes some getting used to, but ends with a giant chortle. Told from a boy’s viewpoint, the story depicts a desert rattlesnake who follows him home from his day in the desert and applies for family adoption. Some unlikely everyday situations are humorously described and illustrated. A key to the trickster element of the take smiles out from the rattlesnake’s laughing fanged expression: Comic relief and gallows humor combine effortlessly. My Pet Rattlesnake ends with a bang or a rattle, and like all tall tales, grows taller with the telling."
- July 25, 2014 

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