Parents' Guide to

Crictor

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

A snake in the mail becomes part of a family.

Book Tomi Ungerer Horror 1983
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age 13+

crictor by tomi ungerer

i love my family...!!

Is It Any Good?

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Much of the pleasure of this book has to do with composure. Crictor's cool, as though it is standard procedure for a snake to be posted to a French village from Africa. And Madame Bodot is, for the most part (after some mild flapping when she opens the package Crictor comes in) unflappably self-possessed as she introduces the boa into her daily routine. Aplomb -- even the word sounds French.

Tomi Ungerer's artwork has that beguiling and otherworldly pen-and-ink charm reminiscent of Shel Silverstein and Edward Gorey. It is a world of creaky, economical lines, slightly off true, just like how you wanted your grandmother's house to be. And you can't help but grin that it is a snake that lies behind the learning of those letters and numbers, a snake on the page being worth any number in the grass.

Book Details

  • Author: Tomi Ungerer
  • Genre: Horror
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy
  • Publication date: July 1, 1983
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 2 - 4
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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