Without a sound, the snake twists and turns and heads off on the hunt. It hears nothing, but feels with its body and detects scent With the help of its tongue on the search for food. Mice and baby birds are the best meals a snake can imagine. The snake strikes quick as a flash. It sprays poison from its fangs, sending it straight into the animal. Mice are dead within 3 minutes.
Occasionally snakes bite things they don't want to eat. A foot or a paw, for example. It does this to protect itself, but this type of biting is something snakes would rather avoid.
In this factual picture book, you can learn more about one of our most feared creatures. Are you sure adders are something to be scared of?
Never before have you come this close to an adder!
‘An informative and educational book for those who are afraid of snakes – and all those besides. The book is split into two parts: the story of the viper through a year of its life and a facts section about vipers and other snakes found in Norway.’
‘A sympathetic portrait of the viper from the viper’s point of view, complete with its urges and voracious appetite. The book takes its theme and target audience seriously; this is a playful portrayal in both text and illustrations. […] This is exciting reading for both children and adults. If you’re brave enough, that is.’
‘The illustrations in this book are drawn using tasteful, stylistic expression… Illustrations and text combine to make something exciting, with cute and gentle vipers on one page, and the story about the animal following its viper instincts on the other. The viper is portrayed as less strange and frightening, even though it is still tough, different and a little dangerous. … The story of the viper does not end with this book, it continues on in the reader’s newly inspired curiosity and out in the countryside. … As a book of facts, Hoggormen offers a successful mix of stylistically simple illustrations, elements of literary fiction and facts. We are given a close-up of a viper which does not seem intimidating or scary. Instead, the book encourages the reader to enjoy and get involved in the exploits of the little snake. In this way, the book teaches us that the viper has its place in the world.’
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