We Can’t All be Rattlesnakes takes a fun spin by making a captive gopher snake the heroine of the story. “Crusher” is minding her own business in the desert when a very unlikable boy captures her. Crusher is added to the boy’s other pets– a tortoise, a lizard and a tarantula. They warn Crusher that there’s only one way out of the boy’s neglected menagerie, and it’s not a pretty one. Soon Crusher has a roommate–a clueless mouse the boy calls “breakfast.” Crusher and Breakfast become odd allies in the fight to survive and escape their terrarium. There’s a great lesson here about not capturing wild animals, and showing responsibility for the animals that depend on us. But it’s told in a way that will appeal to a child’s empathy and bring some smiles too.
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