Love, Escargot (Hardcover)

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I was not expecting to fall in love with a snail, but Dashka Slater's wonderful Escargot series made it all too easy. Escargot is a fabulous, fierce, and friendly French snail, and each book is both interactive and heartwarming. In this newest adventure, Escargot brings readers along to a Snailentine's Day party, gently encouraging more reluctant attendees that it's okay to be nervous in new venues or while trying new activities, because that's how new friends are made. Note: reading this aloud in a faux French accent is not required, but I do highly recommend it for extra fun!
— From Cortney's Picks (page 3)


Fall in love with this laugh-out-loud third picture book in the bestselling Escargot series about a cute French snail who attends a Valentine’s Day party—the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or celebrating love all year round.

Bonjour! Today is Snailentine's Day, and Escargot is on his way to a party. Will his Snailentine be there? When he arrives, Escargot is a bit nervous and wants to hide in his shell. But in the end, he makes a surprising new friend in a fellow party guest.

From New York Times–bestselling author Dashka Slater and former Pixar animator Sydney Hanson, Love, Escargot is an irresistibly sweet and charming story about unexpected friendship, dealing with social anxiety, and Valentine’s Day fun. This hilarious and interactive addition to the award-winning Escargot series is the ideal read aloud for story time and animal lovers alike.

Love, Escargot is also available in as a board book for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old.

Don’t miss Escargot’s other funny and heartwarming adventures for kids ages 4-6 in:
Escargot (also available as a board book for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old)
A Book for Escargot
Escargot and the Search for Spring

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Dashka Slater has written for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Salon, and Mother Jones. Her New York Times-bestselling young-adult true crime narrative, The 57 Bus, has received numerous accolades, including the Stonewall Book Award, the California Book Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. It was a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist and an LA Times Book Award Finalist, in addition to receiving four starred reviews and being named to more than 20 separate lists of the year’s best books, including ones compiled by The Washington Post, the New York Public Library, and School Library Journal. In 2021, The 57 Bus was named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. The author of fifteen books of fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, Dashka teaches in Hamline University’s MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She lives and writes in Oakland, California.

Sydney Hanson was raised in Minnesota alongside numerous pets and brothers. In addition to her traditional illustrations, Sydney is an experienced 2D and 3D production artist and has worked for several animation shops, including Nickelodeon and Disney Interactive. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time outside with her adopted brother, a Labrador retriever named Cash. She is the illustrator of the Unicorn Princesses series and the picture book, Next to You. Sydney lives in Los Angeles.

Praise For…

School Library Journal 9 Books to Help Young Readers Feel the Love on Valentine's Day
25 Valentine’s Day Books for Toddlers That Get the Holiday Right

"Breaking right through the fourth wall, the stylish snail encourages readers to embrace their snail selves . . . Sweet art means that when Escargot winsomely tells readers, 'You can kiss me if you like,' it’ll be hard for them to pass up the chance . . . Though love and snails rarely go together, it’s easy to be won over by this mighty mollusk." —Kirkus Reviews

"Though the narrative could easily ride on the sheer cuteness of its protagonist, Slater elevates it by seamlessly incorporating important themes into the lighthearted text. Escargot models kindness, demonstrates how to cope with daunting circumstances, and even introduces healthy relationship standards in a way that feels just right for a young audience: 'Your snailentine should be somebody who makes you feel magnifique' . . . Blending sweetness with substance, Escargot’s third picture book is a surefire hit for Valentine’s Day–themed story times." —School Library Journal

"Doesn’t disappoint . . . The illustrations in soft-pink hues immerse you in shimmering snail magic. It was love at first sight for this magnifique book." —New York Journal of Books

More Praise for the Escargot Series:

"Escargot’s voice is parfait." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review, on Escargot

"Say bonjour to your new favorite animal, the garden snail! . . . Give this charming read-aloud a little extra joie de vivre by reading it in your best French accent." —Booklist on Escargot

"Escargot is a treat!" —Booklist on A Book for Escargot

"A fun interactive book that will have readers practicing their own over-the-top French accent." —School Library Journal on A Book for Escargot

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374314262
ISBN-10: 0374314268
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: November 8th, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English
Series: Escargot