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Hide and Snake

Press: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (March 1995)
Author Name:Baker, Keith


In this amusing picture book, a colorful snake challenges children to find him as he slithers through pages of familiar objects. 
“Baker’s elaborate acrylic designs, variety of lush hues, and sly wit provide a feast for the eyes while maintaining the cohesive personality of the book from page to page.”--Publishers Weekly

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- Using the same vibrant acrylics and meticulous designs found in Magic Fan (1989) and Who Is the Beast? (1990, both HBJ), Baker creates a visual game of hide and seek featuring a rainbow-striped reptile. 
The playful snake slithers through colorful assortments of yarn, hats, cats, cakes, clocks, socks, baskets, shoe laces , and "many places." Readers are invited to trace the creature's movements through its mosaic adventure--a challenging task since its multichromatic appearance allows it to blend in with the decorative surroundings.
A simple rhyming text announces the reptile's destinations.
Each new site is portrayed in a bright, boldly outlined double-page spread.
Thematically, this title isn't as ambitious or weighty as the artist's earlier efforts, but it is no less successful or delightful.
A great choice for those children wanting a little interactive play with their books.
--Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WICopyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Hidden among other patterns as repetitive and brightly colored as his own variegated stripes, a snake challenges readers to discover him in one picture after another: ``I'm playing with toys/twisting `round vases,/weaving through baskets,/and tangling with laces.'' The text doesn't add much here, but Baker's bold, handsomely stylized art is sure to amuse with its many clever pseudo-snakes and intriguing camouflages of the real one. 
(Picture book.
3-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A feast for the eyes."—Publishers Weekly "Eye-catching graphics."—The New York Times Book Review "A great choice for those children wanting a little inter-active play with their books."—School Library Journal "Sure to amuse."—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

KEITH BAKER is the author-illustrator of many beloved picture books, including Little Green, Hide and Snake, and Quack and Count. 
He lives in Seattle, Washington.


Children's Books,Animals,Reptiles & Amphibians,Activities, Crafts & Games,Games,Literature & Fiction

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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     Easy enough for the youngest children, this book also provides a nice challenge for older toddlers and preschoolers to find where the snake is hiding. The rhymes make it easy to read and are good practice for little ears. The artwork is interesting and quite detailed. My son, now 3, has had his copy since he was a baby and still loves it.

  •     Love it

  •     If I am not in hurry, I should order a hard cover. I love this book. Good business. Quick responds. It looks new. a+

  •     I bought this for my great grandaughter. I want her to appreciate the beauty of Snakes.This is a lovely book!

  •     Visually stunning

  •     Cute Book! Fun for Kids!

  •     This is a pretty book with nice illustrations and short, easy rhymes. I don't think it's that interesting but when I returned a copy to the library I noticed that my 16 month-old daughter kept asking for the "snake" book so I'm going to buy a copy. The illustrations have very similar colors on every page so I think it's a little difficult for kids under two to pick out what's pictured, but as I said, my daughter likes it.

  •     Impressed with quality and so happy to have it! Thanks!

  •     My 3 yr old grandson enjoys finding the snake pattern and wonderful illustrations.

  •     An excellent book.

  •     Good book and perfectly condition.

  •     Hi...my name is taylor I am 7 years old and going into 1st grade. This is by far the best book that I have ever read in my entire life. I highly recommend this book to children around the world.

  •     A very colorful snake that has the abilility to hide is some pretty strange and unique places makes this an ideal book to read with your child and join in the game of find the snake. The author and artist Keith Baker does have quite an imagination and does have skill. The colorful snake is hidden in different settings, and the object of the book is to find the snake. the drawings/paintings are extremely detailed. Children do enjoy this one which is a pretty good endorsement for any children's book. The cute and percise rhymes which the text consists of, help the child to develope a feel for word patterns. The book is easy to read and is not at all boring, even after dozens and dozens of readings. The reason for this is the unique places the snake is hidden. With a bit of imagination, an adult can get quite a conversation going using just the background art in this one. this is certainly one you will want to add you your young child's library. Simply a delightful book.

  •     Such a fun book! All three of my kids enjoyed looking for the snake on each page. The drawings are colorful and interesting. Lots to see on each page. Just enough of a challenge to find our friendly snake. We read it over and over and over....

  •     This is a super book for teaching students about patterns.

  •     Our boy Alex loves this book, even at a year and a half old. He frequently picks it out of a stack of books and brings it to us to read to him. We spend a lot of time on each page so that he can find the snake's head. The pictures are beautifully colored and filled with lots of curious details. It is one of the few books that keep him so interested that he often wants us to go through it several times each sitting. I highly recommend this book.

  •     We got this book from our school library for our 3 year old and he loved it. Unfortunately, his little sister liked it enough to tear a page in it, meaning we needed to replace it for the library. I ordered from Amazon because it was a better price and it was going to arrive sooner than if the school ordered directly, being as we're overseas. Anyway, it's a cute book with artwork that challenges children to pay careful attention to details in order to find the slithery main character. Our son really loves it, and I enjoy reading it with him.

  •     My grandson and I loved looking for the snake. He's two, snakes are a favorite and his eyes search and search each page looking for the snake.


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