Reviewed By Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 4 Stars
Poor Fred is not used to living in a city, and that means he doesn’t understand how to take care when crossing the street. But venturing out across the street is a dangerous activity for any little one, which turns into a problem when poor Fred tries to cross without paying attention. When the worst happens during his attempt, will he ever be able to get back to normal again? Will he ever be able to go back to slithering and enjoying his life? It’s going to depend on the doctors and whether they can put him back together again in When Fred the Snake Got Squished and Mended.
This is a good story book if you’ve got a little one that struggles to follow the rules or if you’re just trying to explain what the rules are. The story shows why it’s so important as well, because your children can understand how much it must hurt poor Fred to be squished by a car. In this story, they’re going to see why Fred will make sure to be careful next time he crosses the street, and why they need to do the same. When Fred the Snake Got Squished and Mended by Peter B. Cotton is a story with plenty of lessons to it. The characters in this book are cute, both in the way they’re portrayed as characters and definitely in the way that they look in the illustrations. This book is also easy enough for your little one (and you) to relate to. Fun, bright colors and creative illustrations make this tale appealing and interesting as well.
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Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
When Fred the Snake got Squished and Mended is an animal adventure story for children, grades K-3, written by Peter B. Cotton and illustrated by Bonnie Lemaire. What a delightful surprise to find a gift box with your name on it. Seeing air holes punched in the sides made it excitingly obvious that there was an animal nestled inside, and the note from Jungle Jim indicated that there would be no puppy dog or kitty cat inside. In fact, lying there curled up within the box was a very exceptional snake, one named Fred. The city was quite different from the steamy tropical jungle Fred was used to, and he got a bit confused when he saw a barber’s striped pole. Was that another snake? He forgot everything he knew from crossing paths in the jungle and dashed across the road to find out. But no! There’s an ambulance coming, and Fred’s sudden movement gave the driver no chance to stop. Fred ended up being literally cut in two! Could he be mended? What would it take to do that? The Fire Brigade made sure to get him to the hospital as fast as could be, and a specialist was called in. It would take a lot of work and a special type of thread, but maybe they could fix him up again.
Peter B Cotton’s animal adventure story for children, When Fred the Snake got Squished and Mended, is a humorous cautionary tale about the dangers of darting out into traffic, and what might happen after you do take that drastic and terrible step. I loved seeing Bonnie Lemaire’s brilliant illustrations, especially those of Fred’s jungle home and Catipals, where the special plant for Fred’s sutures is found. Lemaire’s illustrations are bright and colorful, and they perfectly convey the drolly comic tone of the story. When Fred the Snake got Squished and Mended is a perfect selection for story time and will give caregivers an opportunity to discuss traffic safety as they read. It’s also a good, challenging read for more experienced young readers. When Fred the Snake got Squished and Mended is most highly recommended.
Reviewed By Alyssa Elmore for Readers’ Favorite
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What happens when you cross the street without looking both ways? When Fred the Snake got Squished and Mended by Peter B. Cotton is a laugh-out-loud funny children’s story about a snake that suffers an accident after slithering into the street. Fred the Snake comes from the rainforest. Although he is just a young snake when he is sent to live with his young human friend, Fred remembers life in the forest and especially the Forest Code. As he gets older, Fred and his human friend go for a walk, but in his eagerness to explore and meet a new friend, poor Fred forgets the Forest Code, especially to look both ways. In an instant, Fred becomes Fred-Fred, as he is squished in two by an ambulance! Sadly, the ambulance is too small to hold the long, ailing snake, so they must call the Fire Brigade. Can the Fire Brigade get poor Fred to the hospital? Will the hospital be able to mend Fred?
When Fred the Snake got Squished and Mended by Peter B. Cotton is the charming story of a snake that learns a valuable lesson about always looking before crossing the street. This is a wonderful book for children and adults alike. Filled with beautifully flowing rhymes, colorful, eye-catching drawings, and engaging characters, this book is bound to be a child’s favorite story. I enjoyed the pacing and the fun way the author added Fred’s backstory. The bright colors and rhyming had me enchanted from page one. I appreciated the tale of how Fred-Fred came about as a children’s story for the author’s family. I am thrilled that the author has finally had the chance to publish this heartwarming and humorous tale that must be shared. I recommend this book to children of all ages that enjoy rhyming and stories that end happily.