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Fall, 2022, Owlkids Books Frontlist

How to Party Like a Snail
By (author): Naseem Hrab Illustrated by: Kelly Collier
Naseem Hrab ,

Illustrated by :

Kelly Collier


Owlkids - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) 1, Grade (US) 1
Sep 15, 2022
$19.95 CAD


10in x 9 x 0.38 in | 434 gr

Page Count:

40 pages


Full color illustrations throughout
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Insects, spiders, minibeasts|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships|Interest age: from c 4 years
An Indigo Staff Pick 2022, Commended
  • Short Description

An introverted snail throws his own kind of party to celebrate all things quiet

An introverted snail throws his own kind of party to celebrate all things quiet

Snail is a party animal. Well...kind of. He loves the quiet things about parties: confetti, making new friends (using his indoor voice, of course), and the silence before everyone yells, “SURPRISE!” But when parties get loud, Snail retreats into his shell. He’s still partying, but no one can tell he’s having a good time while he’s tucked inside. His friends don’t understand why he doesn’t love loud parties like they do, and soon Snail’s party invites begin to dry up.

In response, Snail decides to plan his own quiet party, complete with warm milk and lullaby lip-syncing. But something is missing—does Snail long for the “loud” after all? That’s when Stump, a fellow introvert, chimes in with an idea. Maybe Snail isn’t missing the “loud”…maybe he’s just missing a friend to share the quiet. Together, Stump and Snail turn the lullabies down low and celebrate “the shush” together.

With comics-style storytelling and lovable characters, this hilarious tale makes quiet so fun that even the most extroverted readers will want to SHHHelebrate!

  • Another story with the perfect balance of humor and heart from Naseem Hrab, author of the Ira Crumb series, Weekend Dad, and The Sour Cherry Tree
  • Features adorable art from illustrator Kelly Collier
  • Introverts everywhere will see themselves in Snail’s pursuit of quiet fun
  • Addresses social-emotional learning and character education themes including inclusivity, perseverance, and belonging
  • Book discussion and activity guide available

NASEEM HRAB is a writer and storyteller, and the author of the Ira Crumb series, The Sour Cherry Tree, and Weekend Dad, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. She loves improv and coffee ice cream. Naseem lives in Toronto, Ontario.

KELLY COLLIER was born in Ottawa and grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where she still lives with her husband and daughter. She has an identical twin sister and an older brother. As kids, Kelly and her sister drew all the time, mostly in an effort to "outdraw" their brother. Kelly studied illustration in college and is both the author and illustrator of the Steve the Horse series.

"A wildly charming, earnestly rendered 'SHHHellebration of the SHHHush.'"

- Publishers Weekly - STARRED REVIEW

"Tailor-made for younger party lovers with a low tolerance for high decibels. A SHHHpecial treat for children who prefer to play it…soft."

- Kirkus Reviews

"Hrab tackles an important topic with humor: how can we belong if we aren’t like everyone else? [A] nice social-emotional addition to any collection, this has a very quiet character carrying a rather loud message: All volumes welcome."

- School Library Journal

"This delightful tale is perfect for bedtime and particularly for smalls who are sensitive to sound."

- The Small Protagonist

"Although How to Party Like a Snail is written in a jovial and lighthearted manner, it introduces the reader to an important initiative – that is, increasing understanding and compassion toward introverts and sensory-sensitive individuals."

- Canadian Review of Materials

"Hrab’s tale promotes inclusivity ... Children learn that while some people might like the loud, others thrive in the quiet, and just because a party is quiet, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!"

- Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

"This could be a useful book for children who are hesitant to attend parties or playdates. Therapists or social workers may find it a worthy addition to their bibliotherapy toolbox."

- Youth Services Book Review

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