Nic Bishop Snakes

by Nic Bishop, Illustrated By Nic Bishop

Scholastic Nonfiction
October 2012

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Library of Congress: 2011039316

Lexile measure: 850L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: S



Snakes are scaly, scary, silent predators. They use powerful venom or crushing strength to overwhelm their victims. Then they swallow them whole!

With breathtaking full-page images, Sibert Medal-winning photographer Nic Bishop introduces the terrifying and beautiful world of snakes. The simple, engaging text presents both basic information and captivating details about the appearance, habits, and remarkable abilities of these amazing reptiles. An index and glossary are included, along with an author's note detailing his research and the fun stories behind the photographs.
Nic Bishop

Sibert Medalist Nic Bishop is the author and photographer of many award-winning books for children, including Red-Eyed Tree Frog; Chameleon, Chameleon; Nic Bishop Spiders; and most recently, Nic Bishop Snakes. He has a doctorate in biological sciences and a passionate interest in many of the smaller animals on our planet. Nic lives in New Zealand. Visit him online at


  • "Bishop returns with his always-amazing photographs, here of snakes in all their scaly sinuosity. Seemingly impossible-to-get shots of the animals poised and alert, arched and ready to strike, and even swallowing an egg whole are interspersed with more restful moments during which snakes are coiled onto branches or camouflaged by sand. All the images feature gorgeous colors and a clarity that allows details such as the edges of scales and the flexing of musculature to be examined. It will take a while for readers to tear themselves away from the images to read the accompanying text that describes snake behavior, physiology, and eating habits, including their fascinating ability to swallow animals bigger than themselves. As in previous titles (about Spiders and Frogs, both rev. 3/08; and Lizards, rev. 11/10, for example), topic sentences for each spread appear in a larger font and a contrasting color. In a riveting note at the end of the book, Bishop reveals the lengths he went to to get these perfect shots (including a bite from a brown tree snake that left some of the snake’s teeth buried in his hand): he housed several of the snakes and photographed them in controlled environments, sometimes from behind glass for his protection."
    - Danielle J. Ford, The Horn Book Magazine starred review

    Praise for Nic Bishop's Animal Series

    "A fascinating depth of information." --THE HORN BOOK, starred review

    "Stupendous photographs." --KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

    "Spectacular fold-out pages." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

    "A wealth of intriguing facts." --BOOKLIST, starred review

    "Thoughtfully crafted." --BCCB, starred review



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545206389

48pp. | 8 x 11