Snake and Lizard: 10th Anniversary Editon
A series of stories about the friendship between Snake and Lizard.
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A series of stories about the friendship between Snake and Lizard. Written by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Gavin Bishop.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Junior Fiction 2008
Winner of New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Junior Fiction 2008
Winner of New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Children's Book of the Year 2008
||A sensitive snake and her lovable lizard companion enjoy a warm and touching relationship, shattering the stereotypes that commonly plague their cold-blooded species. The two become fast friends, first as housemates and later as business partners counseling fellow desert-dwellers on life and love. Cowley carves developed characters through concise dialogue, as Snake often balances her primal reptilian instincts against her shy disposition, creating witty moments within each chapter. Snake did, after all, eat one of Lizard's 97 siblings in her past: Lizard was right, she reflects. The little guy had been real sweet. She shudders, however, at the thought of addressing a baby rattler. You know all about snakes. It's your cousin! protests Lizard. Some cousins I don't speak to, Snake exclaims. Bishop's rich watercolor-and-pen illustrations complement the story, often portraying Lizard upright next to slithering Snake. His contained lines and splashes of color breathe air into the setting's dry surroundings. The New Zealand author-and-illustrator team solidly develops this pair's formidable friendship under the scorching desert sun. (Fiction. 7-10) (Kirkus Reviews)
Born in Levin in 1936, Joy was educated and worked at Palmerston North Girls High School and then attended Pharmacy College. Joy's writing career of more than 30 years has taken her around the globe where she has met children and teachers from Alaska to New York to South Africa to Brunei. Love, humour and a little twist at the end are key components of Joy'' writing and she loves to meet children and hear what they think about her stories and life in general. Over 600 titles of Joy's books have been published worldwide.