We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes

3.84 avg rating
( 558 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060821173: We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes

I am a snake.

No, not a rattlesnake. I just look like one. I’m a gopher snake.

One day an oily, filthy, fleshy human child crossed my path. As luck would have it, he knew the difference between a gopher snake and a rattlesnake. He has imprisoned me in a terrarium. His name is Gunnar. He calls me Crusher. He thinks I’m male. I’m not.

He dropped in a dead mouse and hoped I’d eat it. I buried it. He then dropped in a live one, which he called “Breakfast.” I didn’t lay a coil on it.

Gunnar thinks I’ll be his adoring pet. He’s wrong.

In fact, I am planning my escape. I may take Breakfast with me.

Crusher will charm readers in this entertaining, clever novel about a snake in captivity and how she turns the tables on her human captor.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Patrick Jennings grew up in a small town in Indiana, where there were no wild, lethally venomous snakes. His family then moved to rural Arizona, where lived many, including seventeen varieties of rattlesnake. Patrick got seriously freaked out. He now lives on the Olympic Peninsula, where there are scarcely any wild, lethally venomous snakes. We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes is his fourteenth book for young readers.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 4–6—After being captured by "an oily, filthy, fleshy human child" named Gunnar, a female gopher snake gets an up-close view of the human world. Christened Crusher by her captor, the snake communicates telepathically with the other reptiles in his room and learns that the boy has a bad track record with his pets, soon losing interest in them and becoming absorbed in his video games. Crusher at first refuses to eat any food Gunner provides and even befriends the live mouse he brings her—Breakfast. At first standoffish, Crusher attempts to act tame in order to get an opportunity to escape; at the same time, she begins to develop compassion for both her human and animal companions. Crusher is a compelling narrator, her voice dripping with sarcasm. Although some of the minor characters, such as Gunnar's friends, are not fully developed, kids are not likely to notice. They'll be too busy enjoying Crusher's commentary on human habits and absorbing the facts about snakes that are seamlessly integrated into the narrative. They will also come away with the message that wild animals don't make good pets. Give this to readers who enjoyed Anne Fine's Notso Hotso (Farrar, 2006).—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Patrick Jennings
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0060821175 ISBN 13: 9780060821173
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. I am a snake. No, not a rattlesnake. I just look like one. I m a gopher snake. One day an oily, filthy, fleshy human child crossed my path. As luck would have it, he knew the difference between a gopher snake and a rattlesnake. He has imprisoned me in a terrarium. His name is Gunnar. He calls me Crusher. He thinks I m male. I m not. He dropped in a dead mouse and hoped I d eat it. I buried it. He then dropped in a live one, which he called Breakfast. I didn t lay a coil on it. Gunnar thinks I ll be his adoring pet. He s wrong. In fact, I am planning my escape. I may take Breakfast with me. Crusher will charm readers in this entertaining, clever novel about a snake in captivity and how she turns the tables on her human captor. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780060821173

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 4.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Patrick Jennings
ISBN 10: 0060821175 ISBN 13: 9780060821173
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800608211730000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 4.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Patrick Jennings
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0060821175 ISBN 13: 9780060821173
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. I am a snake. No, not a rattlesnake. I just look like one. I m a gopher snake. One day an oily, filthy, fleshy human child crossed my path. As luck would have it, he knew the difference between a gopher snake and a rattlesnake. He has imprisoned me in a terrarium. His name is Gunnar. He calls me Crusher. He thinks I m male. I m not. He dropped in a dead mouse and hoped I d eat it. I buried it. He then dropped in a live one, which he called Breakfast. I didn t lay a coil on it. Gunnar thinks I ll be his adoring pet. He s wrong. In fact, I am planning my escape. I may take Breakfast with me. Crusher will charm readers in this entertaining, clever novel about a snake in captivity and how she turns the tables on her human captor. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780060821173

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 4.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Patrick Jennings
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0060821175 ISBN 13: 9780060821173
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. I am a snake. No, not a rattlesnake. I just look like one. I m a gopher snake.One day an oily, filthy, fleshy human child crossed my path. As luck would have it, he knew the difference between a gopher snake and a rattlesnake. He has imprisoned me in a terrarium. His name is Gunnar. He calls me Crusher. He thinks I m male. I m not.He dropped in a dead mouse and hoped I d eat it. I buried it. He then dropped in a live one, which he called Breakfast. I didn t lay a coil on it.Gunnar thinks I ll be his adoring pet. He s wrong.In fact, I am planning my escape. I may take Breakfast with me.Crusher will charm readers in this entertaining, clever novel about a snake in captivity and how she turns the tables on her human captor. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780060821173

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 4.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Jennings, Patrick
Published by HarperCollins (2011)
ISBN 10: 0060821175 ISBN 13: 9780060821173
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0060821175

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 2.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 2.28
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Jennings, Patrick
ISBN 10: 0060821175 ISBN 13: 9780060821173
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2011. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VC-9780060821173

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 2.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.04
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Jennings, Patrick
ISBN 10: 0060821175 ISBN 13: 9780060821173
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2011. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780060821173

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 2.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.04
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Jennings, Patrick
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0060821175 ISBN 13: 9780060821173
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0060821175

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 2.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 2.67
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Jennings, Patrick
ISBN 10: 0060821175 ISBN 13: 9780060821173
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Print on Demand
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Item doesn't include CD/DVD. Bookseller Inventory # 2491882

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 2.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.04
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Jennings, Patrick
ISBN 10: 0060821175 ISBN 13: 9780060821173
New Softcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
VNHM SHOP
(Pompano Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Softcover. Book Condition: New. I am a snake. No, not a rattlesnake. I just look like one. Iím a gopher snake.One day an oily, filthy, fleshy human child crossed my path. As luck would have it, he knew the difference between a gopher snake and a rattlesnake. He has imprisoned me in a terrarium. His name is Gunnar. He calls me Crusher. He thinks Iím male. Iím not.He dropped in a dead mouse and hoped Iíd eat it. I buried it. He then dropped in a live one, which he called "Breakfast." I didnít lay a coil on it.Gunnar thinks Iíll be his adoring pet. Heís wrong.In fact, I am planning my escape. I may take Breakfast with me.Crusher will charm readers in this entertaining, clever novel about a snake in captivity and how she turns the tables on her human captor. Bookseller Inventory # 9023995

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 6.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book