On a snowy day in the city, a boy gets an important phone call from his grandmother: she’s lost her smile. There’s only one thing to do: fly down south on an urgent mission, stuffed bunny in tow, to find that smile and return it to its rightful place. But he won’t have to look very hard. . .
STARRED REVIEW FROM KIRKUS (May, 2012):
Blake the snake just might be the most spectacular pet of all time.
Clever, laugh-out-loud fun. (Picture book. 3-8)
PRAISE FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (April, 2012):
In a loving salute to the unconventional pet heroes of an earlier era (think Lyle the crocodile or Crictor the boa constrictor), Siegel (Grandma’s Smile) and Bloch (The Enemy) tell the story of a “super-long, bright green snake” who wows the young narrator by helping him with his homework, eating rejected Brussels sprouts, and fighting bullies. “He’s a perfectly polite, delightful snake,” the boy says. Bloch’s cartoons, with their loopy lines, sparing use of green and red, and exaggerated facial expressions, show Blake engaged in a series of charmingly unsnakelike activities: he cooks, finds lost keys, and enjoys cuddling on park benches. The narrator’s saucy voice and a couple of adult-aimed jokes make rereadings a treat; parents may find themselves arguing about a trip to the pet store.
Adult Fiction, Political Satire
Burt King is, by his own admission, the most famous political consultant in American history. He has been a senior adviser to U.S. presidents, members of Congress, governors, foreign dictators and ruthless multinational corporations. This is his unauthorized autobiography, featuring an exclusive, insider's account of his life -- and the earth-shattering week that changed Washington and the United States forever.