Bonjour! I am Escargot. I want only two things:

1. To be your favorite animal.

2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of this book.

Are you ready?

On your mark…

Get set…




[T]his engaging snail upends convention. An unusual, tongue-in- cheek aid to getting children to eat a disliked food—even the dreaded carrot.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Starred Review)

Escargot’s voice is parfait, an airy blend of ego and need masterfully balanced in witty and well-turned sentences that leave plenty of room for audiences to get the joke.


This one's publication is still far away, but we've already passed it around the office. It's the absolutely hilarious story of a snail who is SURE that your favorite animal is a snail—but when he discovers a carrot in his salad (he HATES carrots), it'll take help from the reader to make it right.


Say bonjour to your new favorite animal, the garden snail! Escargot, wearing a chic beret, is very proud of his gastropod features, but he’s forlorn that no one picks snails for their favorite creature. While making his way across a picnic toward a tasty salad, the snail makes pleasant conversation with the reader. “While we are traveling, we can talk. Tell me, what do you think is my most beautiful part?” Over the course of the journey, Escargot makes a powerful case for the value of the common snail, from their slimy trails (“more like shimmery trails of . . . shimmery stuff”) to their supposedly shy natures (“This is the face I make to scare a lion or a wild boar or a carrot that sneaks into my salad!”) to their slow pace (“A French snail likes to relax”). In Hanson’s soft, cartoonish illu




Buy This Book!

macmillan indieboundbutton powellsbutton amazonbutton bnbutton bambutton
Sign Up For My Newsletter
Find me on Facebook
Follow Me