This introduction to snail biology will have young readers racing out to their own backyards to locate their slimy subjects for a closer inspection. Detailed, close-up photographs accompany explications of snails’ life cycle – the one of the land snail laying its eggs in a moist patch of soil is a particularly good catch. While some details are fuzzy owing to the breadth and differences among disparate snail species (some are single-sexed, some hermaphrodites, some are plant eaters, some are meat eaters, some live in water, some on land, etc.), this stirs up interest and a desire to learn more about these fascinating creatures. Well done, L.L. Owens!
* * * Stars Reviewed by Karin Thogersen, Young Adult Librarian