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Book: Some Smug Slug
Author: Pamela Duncan Edwards
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, reprinted in 1998
ISBN-13: 978-0060247898 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0060247894 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0064435024 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0064435024 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Edwards. Pamela Duncan. Some Smug Slug (published in 1996 by Katherine Tegen Books). In this silly, suspenseful saga, “One summer Sunday while strolling on soil, with its antennae signaling, a slug sensed a slope.” Unfortunately, the hill turns out to be something “sinister.” A sparrow screams, “Stop!” A spider shrieks, “Save him!” A swallowtail sighs, “Silly.” However, the smug slug ignores its friends’ warnings and keeps slithering its way up the highly suspect slope. Why is everyone screaming at the slug? Will the slug stop? Or are the sparrow, spider, and swallowtail just trying to spoil his fun?
Author Pamela Duncan Edwards’s bold-faced text that is short, though not simple, and artist Henry Cole’s detailed, earth-toned illustrations, have created an alliterative story that will have children laughing out loud at the surprise ending for this very smug slug. In addition to the tongue-twisting poetry, an “S” shape has been hidden in each picture for the reader to find. The book will not only introduce youngsters to alliteration but also drive home a lesson about pride coming before a fall. Other similar books by Edwards include Clara Caterpillar, Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke, and The Worrywarts.