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Akimbo and the Snakes (2006)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Series: Akimbo (4)

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What a delightful story that will be fantastic for early readers. Akimbo goes to stay with his Uncle Peter on his snake farm. His duties include feeding some of the less poisonous snakes and he learns about how snakes are 'milked' to make snake bite antidotes. When a green mamba is spotted, Uncle Peter and Akimbo set off on a mission to capture this rare and deadly snake for the collection. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Nov 25, 2012 |
Quick paced book very enjoyable and educational discussed snakes in detail and even gave some facts in the back about snakes. The main character Akimbo has a great work ethic and a wonderful heart. I would promote this book to students that were interested in nonfiction books about snakes, it would be a great fictional companion to a nonfiction report on snakes.
  kerriwilliams | Jun 24, 2010 |
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Bailey, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helkamo, TainaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pham, LeUyenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0676978215, Hardcover)

From Alexander McCall Smith comes a brand-new adventure story for young readers – his first original children’s book in more than a decade. This is the fourth installment in a series about Akimbo, a young boy who lives with his parents on a game reserve in the heart of Africa.

Ten-year-old Akimbo has already bravely faced lions, crocodiles and elephants. This time it’s snakes!

Akimbo has always wanted to visit his uncle Peter’s snake park. So when his father agrees to let him spend a school holiday there, Akimbo can hardly believe his luck. Uncle Peter lets Akimbo handle some of the less dangerous snakes, and once he even gets to hold the jar when Uncle Peter milks venom from a cobra! Of all the snakes Akimbo learns about, the green mamba is the rarest – and the deadliest. So when a local village calls to report a mamba sighting, Akimbo and his uncle hope to catch the snake and take it back to the park. What Akimbo doesn’t bargain for is finding himself face to face with the most dangerous of reptiles . . .

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On a trip to the snake park with his Uncle Peter, Akimbo has an adventure involving a deadly green mamba snake.

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