The Crictor

by Tomi Ungerer

Published by Harper and Row, 1958

Once in a little French town, an old lady Madame Louise Bodot received a snake in the mail from her son on her birthday.  After she got over her initial shock of finding a snake in a box, she had Crictor became fast friends.

Great book for students studying reptiles, and also for young readers who are learning their letters and numbers, for Crictor learns them, too.

Notable Children’s Books of 1940–1959 (ALA)
1959 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
A Reading Rainbow Selection
1958 Children’s Spring Book Festival Prize (NY Herald Tribune)

Accessed: Augusta County Library


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