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The slug
Gravel, Elise.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Limace. English
Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario : Tundra Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volumed (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Translation of: La limace.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library QL430.4 .G72 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Audubon Library QL430.4 .G72 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Hamburg Library QL430.4 .G72 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library QL430.4 .G72 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library QL430.4 .G72 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library QL430.4 .G72 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Slug is a look at the land slug. It covers such topics as the slug's two pairs of tentacles, one pair for seeing, one pair for smelling (it can see you're a kid and smell like broccoli), its breathing hole (on the side of its head!), and its pretty gross mucous covering (in order to find a partner, the slug can follow another slug's mucous trail. True love!). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Slug contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.

Author Notes

Elise Gravel is an award-winning author/illustrator from Quebec. She was the winner of the 2013 Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration in French, and is well-known in Quebec for her original, wacky picture books. She has published a number of books with US publisher Blue Apple and is currently working on a graphic novel for Roaring Brook Press. Having completed her studies in graphic design, Elise found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration. Her old design habits drive her to work a little text here and there into her drawings and she loves to handle the design of her assignments from start to finish. She is inspired by social causes and is likes projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The slug is one ugly bug. It is a disgusting critter and thus fits perfectly as the fourth entry in the Disgusting Critters series. While the slug is the bane of a gardener's existence, it has a purpose in the cycle of decay in the plant and animal kingdoms. In this irreverent, humorous, minimalist (both in text and use of colors) introduction to the slug, Gravel textually and graphically describes its parts, use of mucus, reproduction process, and purpose. The cartoonlike illustrations and text bubbles give the slug personality, while varied font sizes and styles provide the information. Probably the grossest, but funniest, illustration is when the slug meets the snotty-nosed baby. That's the two-page spread that a child will likely thrust into the face of a friend, hoping to get a loud response of GROSS! or YUCK! If a librarian or teacher is looking for an informational book for research, this isn't it; but, it is a great, fun way to engage readers and share giggles.--Petty, J. B. Copyright 2015 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-These easy-to-read titles aim to amuse and inform in tandem. A cartoon rat or slug provides silly commentary to accompany an array of factoids about its respective subjects' physical characteristics and life style. (While the narrator explains that rats are enamored of human foodstuffs and garbage, this protagonist requests "more delicious electrical wire in tomato sauce.") Rat reproduction is mentioned nowhere, and as for slugs, well, the information is ambiguous. Looking "to find a partner and have babies," this slug hero/heroine (being both) follows another slug's mucus trail and then "lays its eggs." The book fails to discuss contact between the slugs, which will surely result in many questions from young readers. Still, gently amusing and somewhat informative, these cartoon books will find a home in many a classroom library and will meet the basic needs for those children who dread nonfiction book reports.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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