12 March 2009


by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop

The Text Publishing Company. Junior. Paperback rrp $19.95

I picked up Snake and Lizard expecting an animal fable. What I found was so much more - a wonderful story of two creatures, Snake and Lizard, who become friends.

Each chapter is a short story in itself and along with some very funny and quirky sentiments, there is a message everyone should hear. Two complete opposites learn to overcome their differences for the sake of their friendship. Humankind should take a leaf out of this book and put it into practise!

This is a wonderful book and although it is for children, I have to admit as an adult it will be a favourite of mine to read again and again.

The illustrations by Gavin Bishop are strikingly simple and colourful. They provide a detailed visual insight into the feelings of Snake and Lizard. Just look at the cover and you’ll see what I mean!

In 2008 Snake and Lizard won one of New Zealand’s biggest children’s literary prizes, the NZ Post Junior Book of the Year. After you read it you will see why.

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