Snake and Lizard

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Two very different creatures learn about the give-and-take of friendship in this warm and funny story set in the desert. Snake is elegant and calm, and a little self-centered; Lizard is exuberant and irrepressible. With its wisdom, acceptance and good humor, Friends: Snake and Lizard captures the essence of friendship. The stories are beautifully illustrated by Gavin Bishop in warm and clear colors of the desert.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039060, JUV038000, JUV002220
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
ATOS Reading Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 148189
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


The Horn Book Guide

“The beguiling pair introduced in Snake and Lizard now share a burrow and are business partners, too. They bicker constantly; still, the outcomes are fair, reasonable, and often capped with a delightfully ironic twist. Their unobtrusively philosophical debates are nifty blends of fact, hearsay, and comic misconstruction. Bishop’s colorful spot art nicely reinforces the affectionate characterizations and the humor.” —The Horn Book Guide

The Horn Book Magazine

“[A] wise and funny book.” —The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

“The matter-of-fact tone used to describe animals eating and being eaten, as well as descriptions of desert life, brings the setting to life for children. The thick, off-white pages and small illustrations in muted colors create a pleasant individual reading experience. With its more sophisticated subject matter, short chapters, and clever dialogue, it also make for a satisfying read-aloud.” —School Library Journal

Author: Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley's books are loved by children all around the world. Many of her books have won awards—in the US, Snake and Lizard won the South Dakota Children's choice award in 2010 and Joy received the Roberta Long medal for multicultural writing in 2002. Joy lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with her husband Terry.

Illustrator: Gavin Bishop

Gavin Bishop ONZM, Tainui, Ngāti Awa, is a leading Māori illustrator living in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has published over 70 books internationally and been translated into 12 languages. His awards include the Sir Kingi Ihaka award for lifetime contribution to Māori art and culture.